MIAMI -- Miami International Airport officials plan to hire a
consulting concern to undertake feasibility studies in an effort to
help the airport expand its operations whereby more international
routes would be served.
The airport's international services are strong to and from the
Caribbean and Latin America, but somewhat limited to and from
Europe, Metro-Dade Aviation Department officials note, while
nonstop and direct flights are lacking to and from Asia, the Middle
East, and Africa.
Separately, MIA also wants to attract more low-fare domestic
carriers. AirTran is one of the few low-fare carriers serving
While carriers such as Southwest, Spirit and JetBlue serve the
nearby Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, higher
operating costs and a lack of counter space at MIA have made it
less attractive to the low-fare carriers, Metro-Dade Aviation
Counter space, however, is being expanded at MIA, they said.