When JetBlue's inaugural commercial flight to Santa Clara lands this week, it will become the first U.S. airline to begin regular commercial flights to Cuba in more than 50 years. The New York-based airline already has been running charter flights from New York to Havana since earlier this year when President Obama eased travel restrictions that had been in place since the Cold War era. And American Airlines began a charter flight from Los Angeles to Havana last December. But like other airlines, JetBlue is still awaiting government approval for regular commercial flights to the Cuban capital. While Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit, and United have received tentative approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation to fly to Havana, their flight schedules have not yet been confirmed. As such, the airlines cannot begin selling airfare to Havana until government approval is finalized. Only 20 daily non-stop flights will be permitted from the U.S. to the Cuban capital and 14 will be from Florida, out of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa and Orlando. The remaining six flights will connect Havana with Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark, and New York. Over the next few months, six airlines will begin regular weekly service to nine other Cuban cities. American, JetBlue, Frontier, Southwest, Sun Country, and Silver Airways will operate a combined 155 weekly flights, which will be rolled out between now and January. Their planned flight schedules are listed below.
The schedule below lists the date that each airline begins operating flights to nine cities in Cuba, other than Havana. Flights to Cuba from the U.S.
JetBlue All flights originate in Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
Beginning Aug. 31: Three weekly flights from Fort Lauderdale to Santa Clara
Oct. 1: One daily flight from Fort Lauderdale to Santa Clara
Nov. 3: One daily flight from Fort Lauderdale to Camagüey
Nov. 10: One daily flight from Fort Lauderdale to Holguín
American Airlines All flights originate in Miami (MIA)
Sept. 7: One daily flight to Holguín and Cienfuegos
Sept. 9: One daily flight to Camaguey and Santa Clara
Sept. 11: One daily flight to Varadero
Oct. 27: Daily flights between Chicago O'Hare and Santiago de Cuba
Dec. 15: Four weekly flights between Philadelphia and Camaguey
Dec. 15: Three weekly flights between Philadelphia and Santa Clara
Jan. 7: One weekly flight each from Chicago O'Hare and Philadelphia to Varadero.
Silver Airways All flights originate in Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
Sept. 8: Daily flight to Santa Clara
Sept. 22: Five weekly flights to Camagüey
Oct. 6: Two weekly flights to Cienfuegos
Oct. 20: Daily flight to Holguín
Nov. 3: Daily flight to Santiago de Cuba
Nov. 17: Three weekly flights to Cayo Coco
Dec. 1: Four weekly flights to Varadero
Dec. 8: One weekly flight to Cayo Largo del Sur
Dec. 15: Three weekly flights to Manzanillo
Southwest Airlines All flights originate in Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Tampa (TPA)
TBD: Two daily flights to Varadero
TBD: One daily flight to Santa Clara Sun Country Airlines All flights originate in Minneapolis (MSP)
TBD: One weekly flight to Varadero
TBD: One weekly flight to Santa Clara
But that's not the only way to get to Cuba. You can also take HavanaAir, which flies out of Miami and Key West. In May, Carnival's newest brand Fathom began cultural cruises to Cuba out of Miami.
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