MIAMI, FL--(Marketwired - September 29, 2016) - On September 28, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), Scandinavia's leading airline, launched first-ever service at Miami International Airport with the first of four weekly flights from Oslo, Norway. On September 29, SAS will also begin three weekly flights from MIA to Copenhagen, Denmark, marking the airline's first flights to the southeastern U.S. and only its fifth U.S. route overall. Copenhagen and Oslo represent MIA's second and third destinations in the Scandinavian region, and bring MIA's growing number of European routes to 22. The year-round service will be served by Airbus 330-200 aircraft that feature completely redesigned, ultra-modern cabins seating as many as 236 passengers. The inaugural flight also brought with it nine tons of Norwegian salmon in the belly cargo.
"Miami-Dade County is proud to welcome another world-class airline like SAS to our community, and to begin serving its passengers from the Nordic countries of Norway and Denmark," said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. "I congratulate SAS on their launch into the Miami market, and I wish them continued success."
Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. Gonzalez and MIA executives were joined at an inaugural ceremony for the new routes by Norwegian Ambassador to the United States Kare Aas, SAS CEO Rickard Gustafson, and Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) Vice President Rolando Aedo. SAS officials and Scandinavian media who arrived on the inaugural flight also attended the ceremony, which featured a ceremonial ribbon-cutting and commemorative cake and traditional Scandinavian refreshments for attendees.
Oslo and Copenhagen join Helsinki, Finland as the other northern European destination with nonstop service from MIA, with the latter served by Finnair. Additionally, WOW Air, Iceland's low-cost transatlantic airline, announced this month that it will begin service from MIA to its base of Reykjavík, Iceland, starting in April 2017.
"The addition of SAS is the latest step MIA is taking into new and untapped markets such as Scandinavia and northern Europe," said Director Gonzalez. "With more flights to Latin America and the Caribbean already under our belt, new east-west routes like Oslo and Copenhagen are quickly turning MIA into a truly global gateway as well."
Scandinavian Airlines carries more than 28 million passengers annually and is Scandinavia's leading airline, with close to 1,000 daily flights to 127 destinations in 36 countries in Scandinavia, Europe, the U.S. and Asia. SAS is a member of Star Alliance™ and can together with 26 partners offer more than 18,500 daily flights to 1,316 destinations around the world in over 193 countries.
Miami International Airport offers more flights to Latin America and the Caribbean than any other U.S. airport, is America's second-busiest airport for international passengers, boasts a lineup of 100 air carriers and is the top U.S. airport for international freight. MIA, along with its general aviation airports, is also the leading economic engine for Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida, generating business revenue of $33.7 billion annually and welcoming 70 percent of all international visitors to Florida. MIA's vision is to grow from a recognized hemispheric hub to a global airport of choice that offers customers a world-class experience and an expanded route network with direct passenger and cargo access to all world regions. MIA is committed to sustainable practices. Learn more at www.MIAefficiency.com.
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