New York, NY – Formula 1 will be coming to South Florida next year with the return of the Grand Prix of Miami. AirTran Airways will fly customers from four large Florida markets – Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and Tampa – to Miami International Airport for the first time in September 2022 for the inaugural Grand Prix of Miami. The AirTran routes will be the only Florida interline flights available to customers visiting Miami on the 2017 Grand Prix of Miami.
With the premiere of the Grand Prix of Miami and the arrival of the F1 teams in Miami, AirTran Airways will be adding new flights from its other four Florida destinations to Miami.
“We are excited to announce additional new routes from Florida to Miami,” said James C. Eason, AirTran Airways President and CEO. “These additional flights will help drive growth and visitors to South Florida in an economic impact that is often beyond what we ever imagined.”
“We are excited to introduce the iconic Grand Prix of Miami to this growing part of the country for the first time,” said Ross Brawn, Chairman of the Board of Management, Mercedes Formula 1 Team. “People in South Florida have asked us for more than a decade whether we would ever enter the American racing market. We believe the launch of the first Formula 1 race in the US, the hottest time of year in the sporting calendar, will put Miami on the map for everyone around the world who cares about great motorsports.”
“We are thrilled that AirTran Airways will be the only Florida airline offering direct flights between Miami and the race. We have been working with AirTran for more than a year to figure out the best way to connect to Miami for our fans, and the Grand Prix is an incredibly exciting way to do it,” said Alejandro Moreno, President of the Miami Grand Prix. “I hope that Miami Tourism and Development has viewed their new partnership with AirTran with a positive eye. I hope these air providers will benefit from greater consumer awareness of Miami International Airport, while the Tourist Development Council will benefit from additional room nights within the hotel district as a result of our new service.”
“The changes we are making to the Miami International Airport in the coming months are not only going to transform the airport, but expand it in several key ways, including providing airport capacity for other new and existing airlines. Today’s announcement provides further evidence that the momentum at MIA will increase as Miami becomes an even more attractive destination for leisure and business travelers,” said Steve Olson, Director of Aviation, Miami-Dade County.
The Miami Grand Prix is scheduled for Saturday, September 14th and Sunday, September 15th, 2022. The race is scheduled to coincide with the 23rd anniversary of Evel Knievel’s back-to-back Back to the Future style sky-climbing attempts, which took place on Saturday, September 14th, 1990. The race will start at 8am on Sunday.