Scheduled Commercial Airline Service to Begin Between Havana and the United States

R eleased earlier today, the Department of Transportation of the United States has tentatively decided to allocate the 20 available between the United States and Cuba — specifically, Havana — daily frequencies as shown in the chart below:


Proposed Routing

Frequency and Carrier Priority Ranking

Alaska Airlines

Los Angeles-Havana

Once daily (#1)

American Airlines


4 times daily (#1, 2, 3, & 4)


Once daily (#8)10

Delta Air Lines

New York (JFK)-Havana

Once daily (#1)


Once daily (#2)


Once daily (#3)

Frontier Airlines


Once daily (#1)

JetBlue Airways

Fort Lauderdale-Havana

Twice daily (except once on Saturdays) (#1 & 2)

New York (JFK)-Havana

Once daily (#3)


Once daily (#5)

Southwest Airlines

Fort Lauderdale-Havana

Twice daily (#1 & 2)


Once daily (#7)11

Spirit Airlines

Fort Lauderdale-Havana

Twice daily (#1 & 2)

United Airlines


Once daily (#1)


Once weekly (Saturdays) (#2)

Service between the United States and other parts of Cuba had already been announced almost one month ago.


Existing charter services between Cuba and the United States are currently unaffected by the implementation of commercial airline service between the two countries.

I have not yet been to Cuba; but I am glad that I will not have to first stop over in another country in order to be able to do so — nor will I need to be concerned about violating any laws. The downside is that there is expected to be a significant increase in tourism to Cuba, which could very well adversely affect the charm of the country.

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5 thoughts on “Scheduled Commercial Airline Service to Begin Between Havana and the United States”

  1. Blind Squirrel says:

    Brian, if you’ve never been to Cuba how can you say it has any charm to be affected adversely? It’s been under communist rule since before you were born. I don’t equate communism with charm. Help me here.


    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Good point, Blind Squirrel.

      What I mean by “charm” in the case of Cuba is its potential danger of being another sanitized mecca of multinational entities overrunning it.

      There are already plenty of places around the world where an American can dine at a McDonald’s; stay at a Hyatt hotel property; and experience other encounters which replicate what can be done in the United States without experiencing the local culture — my use of the word “charm”, in this case — or otherwise immersing oneself in the actual experience of that country.

      One “charm” I already know of Cuba without having traveled there — yet, anyway — is the prevalence of antique cars which ply around the country but are difficult to find anywhere else.

  2. Tim A. says:

    Nothing has changed regarding the legality of traveling to Cuba. For years now, people have been traveling legally to Cuba without stopping over in other countries. I’ve been there more than 20 times and will be going next week. We’re flying through Tampa going down, Miami coming back.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      What I referred in the article in terms of the legality of traveling to Cuba was from the Department of Transportation of the United States, Tim A.

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