Invest: Miami speaks with Ralph Lopez, Vice-President, Miami Hub, American Airlines

Invest: Miami speaks with Ralph Lopez, Vice-President, Miami Hub, American Airlines

2020-10-08T13:17:59+00:00May 7th, 2017|Aviation, Miami|

As the hub carrier for Miami International Airport (MIA), we produce just over 70 percent of the total volume in traffic and travel in and out of Miami. We understand our responsibility in delivering a world-class product that is reliable and safe. Our view of 2017 is to make sure that we improve our delivery of services and continue to find ways of improving the experience for our passengers. Miami is a unique hub – it is built to connect domestic and international traffic; it is the gateway to Latin America and the Caribbean; and it is a transit point from the Atlantic to South America. We are keenly focused on improving the connecting experience as well as our reliability. As MIA is the largest cargo hub in the U.S., we also want to produce a good product for our cargo customers. In 2016, we moved close to 50 million tons of cargo. We want to improve systems, platforms and tools to enable better delivery and weight management of our aircrafts. The biggest advantage of MIA has been Miami’s location, which has been a mutual benefit for both the county as well as American Airlines. We are the Southeastern most point of the U.S., centrally located within the Americas. From a distribution standpoint, Miami is incredibly well positioned. There is substantial local demand, which is well supported by connecting traffic. There will be a lot happening in 2017. We are focused on having the best network and schedule and want to enable the right timing, capacity and destinations. We are working on designing the next generation’s schedule. In 2017, We will have the third iteration of a Miami fight structure that we developed in 2014. We are looking at the directional plans of our fights, making sure they are optimized. We are looking at our feet, rationalizing and managing it optimally. At the same time, we are incredibly focused on ensuring that we build the schedule to capitalize on demand, but also operable and reliable. We have seen great improvements relative to the last decade, and we are expecting this trend to continue in 2017.