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All the U.S. Airlines That Are Flying to Cuba

All the U.S. Airlines That Are Flying to Cuba
by Christopher Tkaczyk August 26, 2016

Looking for a flight schedule to Cuba? We've got you covered.

When JetBlue's inaugural commercial flight to Santa Clara lands next
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.

But don't start packing your bags just yet. There are still restrictions
for Americans to travel to Cuba—you must fulfill one of 12 entry
requirements. For the latest news, check out the webpage of the U.S.
embassy in Havana. 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
Frontier Airlines

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. Check out these 9
other ways to get to Cuba by boat or plane.

Christopher Tkaczyk is the Senior News Editor at Travel + Leisure.
Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @ctkaczyk.

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