Tuesday, November 29, 2016

More US Airlines Land in Cuba

Despite uncertainty from Washington, two more airlines have begun service to Havana, Cuba.

On Nov. 28, American Airlines began its 10x daily flights from Miami to Havana. The airline plans to launch daily service to Havana from Charlotte and Dallas. American Airlines also plans to launch weekly service to Havana from Los Angeles and Chicago. Routes from Miami to Santa Clara, Holguin, Varadero, Camaguey and Cienfuegos are also planned. The Nov. 28 flight was American Airlines first commercial flight to Cuba in over 50 years.

Also on Nov. 28, JetBlue Airways began daily service from New York to Havana. JetBlue already flies from to smaller Cuban cities from Fort Lauderdale. By December, JetBlue will also add daily routes to Havana from Orlando and Fort Lauderdale.

United, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Spirit Airlines and Southwest Airlines will launch service to Cuba before Christmas.

Following the death of former Cuban ruler Fidel Castro, U.S. President-elect Donald Trump tweeted “If Cuba is unwilling to make a better deal for the Cuban people, the Cuban/American people and the U.S. as a whole, I will terminate deal.” “The deal” refers to concessions made by the U.S. government to normalize relations with Cuba.

These concessions include an August 2016 decision by the American government to allow commercial airlines to fly between the United States and Cuba, according to the Council on Foreign Relations.

(Vanessa Page - Investopedia)

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