Miami International Airport announced on Oct. 21 the addition of a new flight from Qatar, the oil-rich Persian Gulf state.
Qatar Airways will fly four times a week between Doha and Miami, starting June 1, 2014. The destination will be the airline’s sixth in the U.S.
South Florida hasn’t had direct service to the Middle East since late 2008, when El Al cut its Miami-to-Tel Aviv route. Qatar Airways plans to use a Boeing 777-200LR that can carry about 260 passengers; officials in Miami have said they hope the airline will increase frequency beyond four times a week eventually.
The announcement comes about six months after the airline starting flying to Chicago and five months after it announced the April 2014 start of service to Philadelphia.
Later in October, Qatar Airways is set to become a full member of the OneWorld alliance, which means it will coordinate routes and allow passengers to earn and redeem frequent flyer points on partnering airlines.