On January 5, Eastern Airlines began two weekly nonstop passenger flights between Asuncion and Miami International Airport (MIA), adding new direct service to Paraguay’s capital city of half a million people. All flights will utilize Airbus B767-300 aircraft that seat 226 passengers.
A Miami-Dade County trade mission to Paraguay in November 2019 led by County Commissioner Javier D. Souto, Vice Chairman of the Miami-Dade Tourism and the Ports Committee, that included MIA Director and CEO Lester Sola, PortMiami Director and CEO Juan Kuryla, and MDAD staff, was the first meeting with Asunción officials to discuss establishing the new route and increasing bilateral trade. After meetings with several government and private sector leaders, including Paraguay’s Ministry of Commerce and Tourism and the President of Paraguay’s Civil Aviation Authority, both sides agreed to work together on creating the Miami- Asunción service.
As a result of the trade mission, Commissioner Souto, Director Sola and Director Kuryla also began drafting a Sister Airport agreement with Asunción International Airport and a Sister Seaport agreement with the Port of Asunción that were both approved by the Board of County Commissioners in October.
In addition to the two weekly Asuncion flights, Eastern currently operates charter flights four times a week to Guayaquil (Ecuador), twice weekly to Montevideo (Uruguay) and once weekly to Guatemala City (Guatemala). In 2020, Eastern was one of the first airlines to resume service at MIA with repatriation flights during the pandemic.