Alaska restarting Miami in 2022 and other Florida aviation news

One World member Alaska Airlines which left Miami in 2012 will restart Miami-Seattle/Tacoma nonstops in the 3rd quarter of 2022. Alaska currently flies Fort Lauderdale-SeaTac twice daily. Alaska’s One World partner American Airlines flies MIA-SEA currently and is the only other airline on the route.

In other news, AirTransat will make its Miami-Montreal and Fort Lauderdale-Quebec City services year round. Both were previously winter seasonal.

Air Canada probably not coincidentally is also making Fort Lauderdale-Quebec City a year-round flight (on its Rouge subsidiary). AC and AirTransat attempted to merge earlier this year but authorities felt the merger would be anti-competitive and blocked it. This is proof positive that they were correct. The two airlines vigorously compete with each other on international routes from Canada.

Southwest will fly daily from Tampa to Havana beginning in December. Flights are currently once-a-week.

Azul Brazilian Airlines is resuming Orlando-Campinas service in December instead of March. Throughout the pandemic, Fort Lauderdale has been the only US city served by Azul. Orlando’s return to the network earlier than scheduled is a good sign of pent up demand for travel.

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