Cuba flights: Six U.S. airlines approved for this fall

cuba mapSix U.S. airlines have been approved to fly between the U.S. and Cuba as early as this fall, federal officials said Friday.

“Last year, President Obama announced that it was time to ‘begin a new journey’ with the Cuban people,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement.  “Today, we are delivering on his promise by re-launching scheduled air service to Cuba after more than half a century.”

The airlines involved are American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Silver Airways, Southwest Airlines, and Sun Country Airlines.

They are on course to begin scheduled flights between Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Minneapolis/St. Paul and Cuba.

Arrangements allow each country to operate up to 10 daily roundtrip flights between the U.S. and each of Cuba’s nine international airports, other than Havana, for a total of 90 daily roundtrips.  Over time, the plan is for up to 20 daily roundtrip flights between the U.S. and Havana, with a decision on those routes expected later this summer.

For more, see a fact sheet here.

So when can someone buy a ticket for a scheduled flight to Cuba?

Stay tuned. Federal officials say the airlines are now positioned to seek Cuban government authority and begin making the local arrangements necessary to launch their services. The idea is to begin services in the fall and winter, and some airlines may begin selling tickets well in advance.

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