United States Airlines and Approved Havana Routes

Earlier this year, the Department of Transportation approved the resumption of passenger flights from the United States to Cuba. This week they offered to serve eight airlines in Havana: American, Delta, United, Southwest, Spirit, Alaska, Frontier and JetBlue.

The move is preliminary and is still objectionable, but DOT expects to finalize approval later this summer. If this happens, the departure cities for flights to Havana will be New York, Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, Charlotte, Newark, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa. The DOT Newsletter (PDF) explains:

The DOT has only issued a preliminary ruling and airlines will not be allowed to sell tickets or operate scheduled flights until a final decision is made later this summer. The airlines have offered different launch dates for their services, but most of them are scheduled for fall and winter 2016/2017. The DOT decision contains requirements that, if final, would require carriers to begin their services within 90 days of the date the final order was issued.

However, this does not mean that you can travel as a tourist. There are still restrictions on who can travel, and you must meet one of 12 requirements to visit, which include family visits, journalism activities, religious activities, and more. You can find the complete list here , and for more details follow the link below.

US Transportation Secretary Fox Invites US Airlines and Cities to Launch New Scheduled Flights to Havana | Transportation.gov via Consumerist


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