Eight US carriers have been given permission to fly to Havana by the US Department of Transportation, filling the 20 daily flights agreed by the US and Cuban governments.
Twelve airlines applied to serve the island nation’s capital, and Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines and United Airlines received tentative awards. Each country will be allowed to operate up to 20 daily round trips between the US and Havana, and up to 10 daily flights to Cuba’s other nine international airports.
US Transportation Secretary, Anthony Foxx says: “Today we take another important step toward delivering on President Obama’s promise to reengage Cuba. Restoring regular air service holds tremendous potential to reunite Cuban American families and foster education and opportunities for American businesses of all sizes.”
The proposed routes and frequencies are:
|Alaska Airlines||Los Angeles-Havana||Once daily|
|American Airlines||Miami-Havana||4 times daily|
|Delta Air Lines||New York (JFK)-Havana||Once daily|
|Frontier Airlines||Miami-Havana||Once daily|
|JetBlue Airways||Fort Lauderdale-Havana||Twice daily (except once on Saturdays)|
|New York (JFK)-Havana||Once daily|
|Southwest Airlines||Fort Lauderdale-Havana||Twice daily|
|Spirit Airlines||Fort Lauderdale-Havana||Twice daily|
|United Airlines||Newark-Havana||Once daily|
|Houston-Havana||Once weekly (Saturdays)|
The Havana flights followed the department granting permission to American, Frontier, JetBlue, Silver Airways, Southwest and Sun County Airlines to operate to services to other Cuban airports.
Between them, they received permission to connect Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Chicago, Minneapolis/St.Paul and Philadelphia with the Cuban cities of Camagüey, Cayo Coco, Cayo Largo, Cienfuegos, Holguín, Manzanillo, Matanzas, Santa Clara, and Santiago de Cuba.