In addition to becoming the 24th European route at MIA, Dublin will be the airport’s first pre-clearance trans-Atlantic destination – allowing passengers to have their passports processed and receive U.S. Customs and Border Protection clearance before they leave Ireland, arriving in Miami as domestic fliers.
Dublin marks MIA’s fourth international route launch announcement for 2017. Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris will launch service on February 1, with four weekly flights to Guadalajara and daily flights to Mexico City. In April, low-cost transatlantic airline WOW air will launch thrice-weekly service to Reykjavík, Iceland, and Italian airline Meridiana will begin two weekly flights to Milan.
The four new airlines in 2017 will add to MIA’s current total of 104 carriers – the most at any U.S. airport. MIA is also home to seven low-cost carriers.
“We are extremely pleased to add a Four-Star carrier of Aer Lingus’s caliber to our growing roster of airlines,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González. “We look forward to developing our new connection with Ireland and to strengthening our ties all across Europe.”
Aer Lingus is the national airline of Ireland, founded in 1936. It operates 50 aircraft on routes to destinations in the UK, Continental Europe and North America, and carries over 11 million customers per year.