American Airlines is set to increase its presence in Israel after announcing a daily nonstop route between Miami (MIA) and Tel Aviv (TLV).
The Fort Worth-based airline is currently the only US carrier to operate a direct route between the two cities, having begun the service using a Boeing 787-8 back in June 2021. However, the airline has now confirmed it has increased the route’s frequency to one flight per day due to growing demand.
The announcement was made during an event at American Airlines’ Flagship Lounge at Miami International Airport, which members of the Israeli Consulate attended.
“We are partnering with the Israeli Consulate for an event at America’s Flagship Lounge, celebrating our Miami-Tel Aviv flight becoming daily. This flight started in June 2021, and the initial reception was very strong, but it’s actually grown that much more,” said the Vice President of American Airlines, Juan Carlos Liscano.
The 12-hour overnight flights will depart Miami each day at 9:16 PM, landing the next day in Tel Aviv at 3:30 PM. On the return journey, daily flights will take off at Tel Aviv at 11:15 PM, arriving in Miami at 6:52 AM the following day.
These relatively early arrival times allow business and leisure travelers to make smooth connecting flights, especially when flying to the US. The late departures also allow for a few extra hours of sightseeing in either city.
These extra flights mean American Airlines is now the only airline offering daily connections between Miami and Tel Aviv. Its main competitor for the route—Israel’s flag carrier El Al—currently offers five flights per week on its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.
The increasing frequency of flights to Tel Aviv reflects travelers’ growing demand for the Mediterranean city.
Earlier this summer, Delta Air Lines announced it would be launching three flights per week between Atlanta and Tel Aviv from next May, adding to frequent weekly flights from both Boston and New York. Meanwhile, Emirates has recently doubled the capacity of its daily flights to Tel Aviv from Dubai.
Miami is seeing a similar resurgence of traveler demand since the easing of COVID restrictions. This surge in demand, especially to Latin American destinations, has seen American Airlines announce the resumption of its Miami to Montevideo route, as well as five new destinations in Cuba.