Six Domestic Airlines Now Flying to Cuba
June 20, 2016 Leave a comment
The Department of Transportation has given approval for American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Silver Airways, Southwest Airlines, and Sun Country Airlines to fly from the U.S. to Cuba, with flights slated to begin as early as this fall. Flights will be departing from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Chicago, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and Philadelphia.
“Last year, President Obama announced that it was time to begin a new journey with the Cuban people,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Today, we are delivering on his promise by re-launching scheduled air service to Cuba after more than half a century.”
Right now, nine Cuban cities are on the approved list for travel: Camaguey, Cayo Coco, Cayo Largo, Cienfuegos, Holguín, Manzanillo, Matanzas, Santa Clara, and Santiago de Cuba. Due to the set number of flights allowed, applications to fly to Havana are currently being processed. The Department of Transportation says they should have everything settled with Havana travel by the end of the summer, so travelers can visit Cuba’s capital once flights begin.
While American Airlines has been offering charter flights to Cuba the past 25 years, this will be the first time it will be offering open commercial flights. It is currently awaiting approval on flights from major cities like Dallas, Chicago, and Los Angeles to Havana. JetBlue will also be opening up bookings for travel this summer once all approvals are met.
The timing couldn’t be any better. Recently the Travel Leaders Group released data from their nationwide survey, showing an increased interest by Americans in visiting Cuba. Two years ago 11 percent of respondents said they would go as soon as the U.S. made it safe for them to do so. This year, 16 percent said they can’t wait to pack their bags.