On November 7, Miami International Airport welcomed its first weekly flight by Etihad Cargo – the cargo division of Five-Star-rated Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates. The new scheduled freighter flights, served by Boeing 777-200F aircraft, make a stop in Columbus, Ohio before continuing to Miami, Amsterdam and Abu Dhabi. The route launch makes Miami the airline’s third U.S. cargo route and fourth in the Western Hemisphere, joining Columbus, Tucson and Bogota. Etihad Cargo’s entry into the Miami market now also gives MIA two all-cargo routes in the surging Middle East region.
“We proudly welcome Etihad Cargo to Miami-Dade County,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Giménez. “Their addition to the local cargo industry brings new revenue and job creation to our community, which is already home to the busiest international freight airport in America.”
Etihad Airways is the fourth carrier to launch all-cargo service at MIA this year. In February, Qatar Airways launched two weekly cargo flights from Doha and Miami, with stops in South America and Europe; Mexico-based Aeronaves TSM commenced 10 weekly flights from Cancun in March; and TACA Peru began four weekly freighter flights from five South American cities in August.
“Congratulations to Etihad Cargo on their successful launch at MIA, which will further increase our trade with both Europe and the Middle East,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González. “Their new route is yet another significant milestone in our strategic plan to expand into untapped regions of the world.”
David Kerr, Etihad Cargo Senior Vice President, said: “We are pleased to offer main-deck capacity on this burgeoning trade route for businesses from Miami-Dade County and beyond to the Middle East. Miami International Airport, with its excellent connections to South America and its modern infrastructure, is an ideal destination for Etihad Cargo.”