EL AL Israel Airlines has begun the first direct air link between the US state of Florida and Israel with a three times weekly B777-200 service.
“We are thrilled to welcome EL AL back to our community, and to be the only destination in Florida and in the southeast US with non-stop service to Tel Aviv,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “Miami-Dade County and MIA continue to attract new air service by the world’s top airlines, and from the world’s most influential cities.”
In addition to being EL AL’s only destination in Florida, Miami also became the airline’s fifth route in the US. EL AL flies to 36 destinations from Israel and serves hundreds of other destinations throughout the world via partnerships with leading carriers.
“We deeply appreciate EL AL Israel Airlines for choosing Miami as its newest US destination,” said Miami-Dade aviation director Emilio T. González. “In our efforts to make MIA a truly global gateway, Israel has always been one of our top strategic targets because of its unique and significant global location, and because of its deep cultural ties with Miami.”
EL AL is the seventh international passenger airline to schedule a service launch into the Miami market this year. Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris began four weekly flights to Guadalajara and daily service to Mexico City in February; Canadian airline First Air began charter passenger flights also in February from Ontario; low-cost transatlantic airline WOW air launched thrice-weekly service to Reykjavík, Iceland in April; Avianca Brazil began daily service to Sao Paulo in June; Aer Lingus launched three weekly flights to Dublin in September; and SAS began weekly service to Stockholm on 29 October.
MIA currently serves 104 airlines, which is the most of any US airport.