Meridiana, Italy’s second largest airline, has announced that they will start new direct flights between Milan Malpensa and Miami starting December 2nd. The flights will run twice a week and will be operated by a Boeing 767. The airline will face face stiff competition with American Airlines, which already offers daily flights between the cities, and Italy’s flag carrier, Alitalia, which provides flights between Rome and Miami 3 times a week.
This will mean yet another airline for Miami, which is already served by more than 100 passenger and cargo airlines, more than any other airport in the United States. In the coming months Miami Airport will gain 3 new European carriers and 4 new destinations. KLM will resume flights to Amsterdam, Scandinavian Airlines will start flights between Miami and two cities in Scandinavia, Oslo and Copenhagen, and Eurowings will launch flights between Miami and Cologne.
“In the first quarter of 2016, passenger traffic from Italy to MIA was up 15 percent, and we look forward to seeing Meridiana bolster that growth trend with their new service to Milan,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González.