In an added boost to South Florida’s flourishing tourism market, Miami International Airport recently added its 100th air carrier. In mid-December, Finnair started seasonal service to and from Helsinki, followed quickly by Frontier Airlines, which launched service from MIA to five U.S. destinations.
Miami International now has 53 scheduled passenger carriers, 39 scheduled and chartered cargo carriers, and eight charter passenger carriers – offering the most overall options of any U.S. airport. The airport’s continued growth is valuable to the region’s overall economy, and the number of passenger options it now provides is significant for tourism and the hospitality industry that serves visitors to the area.
Among the beneficiaries are two area landmarks – Fontainebleau Miami Beach and Turnberry Isle Miami, which are owned and operated by Turnberry Associates. Inspired by the vision of Jeffrey Soffer, Chairman and CEO, Turnberry has made enhancements at the two resorts to ensure Fontainebleau and Turnberry Isle remain legendary properties, but with new life and the air of excitement visitors find alluring.
Popular among many Miami-area tourists, the destinations expect to attract a growing number of new guests as tourism continues to climb – sparked by expanded passenger service into MIA. “When our airport succeeds, our community succeeds,” Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio González said in a press release announcing the new carriers.