Miami Air (BSK, Miami International) has requested expedited responses to its May 13 reapplication for certificates of public convenience and necessity for interstate and foreign charters after the US Department of Transportation (DOT) revoked its dormant permits earlier this month.

According to a regulatory notice, Miami Air (legally Miami Air International Inc.) has asked the DOT to shorten the answer period from June 3 to May 26 (Thursday this week). Counsel for Miami Air will conduct a poll of 27 airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to ascertain any objections to the motion.

As reported, the DOT on May 6 had revoked interstate certificates of public convenience and necessity issued to Miami Air by Order 2020-9-6 issued on September 15, 2020, by which it had authorised the transfer of Miami International's certificate of public convenience and necessity to a new Delaware-incorporated entity under the same name.

Miami Air had one year to commence operations, or its authority would become dormant and subject to revocation. The carrier, which is restarting under new ownership, made at least five requests for extension while in the process of recertification with the FAA, stating that a change in FAA personnel and other factors had delayed its recertification process.

However, the DOT on April 26 had determined Miami Air had not shown good cause for further extensions. It declared Miami Air's updated fitness information deficient. Its delays in obtaining its operations specifications from the FAA had been due to its failure to submit required programmes for review in time.

The new Miami Air was established by Tomas Romero, the owner of Caribbean Sun Airlines, Inc., t/a World Atlantic Airlines (WL, Miami International), who acquired the "old" Miami Air International for USD3.3 million during a bankruptcy auction. Romero was to invest USD4.5 million of his private funds into the airline.

The carrier plans to restart as a charter specialist using a single B737-800.