American Airlines to offer non-stop charter flights to Havana from Los Angeles

Posted: 20-Aug-15 18:41

American Airlines, the world's largest airline by passengers flown, has recently announced it will begin operating non-stop charter flights between Los Angeles and Havana. Flights will be sold through Cuba Travel Services, a Cypress-based tour operator.

American Airlines to offer non-stop charter flights to Havana from Los Angeles

As the number of Americans interested in travelling to the island grows day by day, more airlines are eager to offer regular services to the island. The world-renowned American Airlines (AA) have decided to take bold step as they announced they would begin operating regular charter flights between Los Angeles and Havana, the only non-stop connection between L.A. and the Cuban capital.

All transactions will be made through the Cypress-based tour operator, Cuba Travel Services, which has teamed up with American Airlines for new travel to the island.

In addition to the service between the two cities, AA also plans to add a regular Saturday flight between Miami and Havana. Both of these new flights will begin on 12th December with one round-trip Boeing 737 that will fly every Saturday. Although many limitations and travel bans still stand for US citizens wishing to visit the Caribbean nation, American Airlines, as many other travel companies, has expressed they would be glad for the chance to add regularly-scheduled commercial flights, if travelling restrictions were finally eliminated.

Howard Kass, AA's Vice President of Regulatory Affairs explained that they were enthusiastic about working with the Cuban authorities to add more regular flights, something that would benefit both countries.

"There's been a large increase in demand for traffic to get to Cuba," he said "American's positions is: We want to see the introduction of scheduled service, if that's, in fact, what the two governments want to do. The other restrictions, we think, will all fall away as ties normalise."

This airline is not new to Cuba travel, as they have flown sanctioned charter flights to the island since 1991 and will now will operate about 1,200 charter flights to Cuba, "more than any other airline," according to the carrier. These new flights, departing from LAX and Miami will arrive at five Cuban destinations: Havana, the Cuban capital, Cienfuegos, Santa Clara, Camaguey and Holguin.

General manager of Cuba Travel Services, Michael Zuccato, announced that reservations can be made starting 1st September and added that his company expects to have more than 6,000 passengers take advantage of the LAX to Havana flights next year. If travel restrictions imposed by the long-standing trade embargo were fully eliminated, it is estimated that 10 million American tourists would visit the island per year, according to a 2008 study by the International Monetary Fund.

This matter is still pending in Congress and many obstacles lie ahead in the road of normalisation. Nonetheless, American Airlines and Cuba Travel Services remain optimistic.


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