MIA gets first non-stop Asian passenger flight
Miami International Airport has hit another mark on its quest to have regular non-stop service to Asia.
Republic of China (Taiwan) President Tsai Ing-wen landed at Miami International Airport on June 24 after a 16.5-hour, 8,628-mile nonstop charter. While MIA has regular cargo service to Asia, the president’s trip was hailed as the first nonstop passenger trip from Asia to MIA.
The China Airlines flight was on a Boeing B777-300ER, one of the few aircraft with the range to make the trip. Tsai made a stop on her way to the grand opening of the Panama Canal.
“Her historic trip provides the latest example of the demand for nonstop service between MIA and Asia,” Miami-Dade Aviation Director (MDAD) Emilio T. González said in a news release. “As the busiest gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean, we continue to attract growing interest from a number of Asian carriers, and we look forward to securing scheduled service in the near future. I was able to discuss this opportunity with President Tsai during her visit, and she was supportive of our efforts.”
Earlier in the month, González met with high-level executives from 11 leading airlines, including Asian carriers China Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Hainan Airlines and Hong Kong Airlines, to discuss starting or expanding air service to Miami.
The MIA Asia Task Force has conducted a survey that found 86 local organizations generate more than $20 million in travel to Asia annually; a majority of the respondents conduct business activity in Asia and travel to Asia regularly; and most of the respondents would use nonstop service to Asia.