The US authorizes eight commercial airlines to fly to Havana
- Submitted by: Juana
- Travel and Tourism
- United States
- Business and Economy
- 07 / 10 / 2016
The United States authorized on Thursday eight US commercial airlines to fly to Havana, said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
The authorized airlines are Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines and United Airlines.
Flights to Havana will take off from airports in Atlanta, Georgia; Charlotte, North Carolina; Houston Texas; Los Angeles California; Newark, NJ; New York and Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Orlando and Tampa, Florida.
United Airlines lobbied unsuccessfully for the creation of a direct route to Havana from Washington, which would connect the two capitals and ensure the transportation of congressmen, politicians and diplomats.
According to the US Department of Transportation, services are assigned to cities that have populations with significant presence of Cuban emigrants and important air traffic centers.
In February, Cuba and the United States signed an agreement to reestablish regular air service to the Caribbean island, which is still subject to many restrictions contained in the laws supporting the embargo imposed on Cuba by Washington for over half a century.