Release date- 02052016 - (Miami-Dade County, FL) - Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jose 'Pepe' Diaz and Miami-Dade Deputy Aviation Director Ken Pyatt led a business development mission on April 11-23 to mainland China and the Republic of China (Taiwan), which included productive meetings with three of China's leading passenger airlines. They visited the cities of Shanghai, Hangzhou and Guangzhou in China, as well as Taipei, Taiwan, to meet with officials from China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Hainan Airlines to discuss the potential for nonstop passenger service between Miami International Airport and China. China has four of the world's busiest airports and the fastest-growing airport worldwide - Shanghai, at 16 percent in 2015 - according to Airports Council International's 2015 preliminary world airport traffic rankings.
'We had exceptionally positive talks with some of China's most prominent airlines,' said Commissioner Diaz, Chairman of the County's Trade and Tourism Committee and the County's International Trade Consortium Board. 'All three expressed great interest in route development to Miami. We're encouraged by their receptivity, and we're optimistic about the near-term possibility of direct flights to mainland China.'
In 2015, the Asia-Pacific and Latin American regions had two of the highest growth rates globally, according to the International Air Transport Association, with traffic growing by nine and eight percent, respectively. Additionally, passenger demand between Asia and the Latin American/Caribbean region has risen 55 percent in the last five years, up to 1,834,300 passengers in 2014. MIA continues to provide more flights to Latin America and the Caribbean than any other U.S. airport.
'This joint trip with Commissioner Diaz and the International Trade Consortium was a landmark event in our ongoing pursuit of nonstop passenger service to Asia,' said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. Gonzalez. 'The renewed interest by these Chinese airlines is very promising, and we look forward to continuing our discussions. There are now a number of strong prospects for the first Asia-Miami passenger route.'
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. For up-to-the-minute departure and arrival information, airport maps and details on shopping, dining, transportation and more, visit www.miami-airport.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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