American Airlines slashes roundtrip fares ahead of Cuba flights launch

Posted: 06-Jul-16 12:59

Gearing up to the official launch of commercial routes to Cuba starting this September, American Airlines has been cutting the price of their Cuba flights with roundtrip fares as low as $262 for tickets linking New York to Santa Clara, including taxes. These prices might be on for a limited time only during a special sale to celebrate the airline's return to Cuba, after nearly six decades of suspended operations between the U.S. and the largest of Caribbean islands.

American Airlines slashes roundtrip fares ahead of Cuba flights launch

The cost of flying to Cuba via a commercial plane has just gotten lower and more attractive than ever as American Airlines recently slashed some of their roundtrip fares between certain U.S. and Cuba airports, with a return ticket from New York’s La Guardia airport (with a stopover at Miami International Airport) to Santa Clara’s Abel Santamaria airport, going for as little as $262 on selected dates. And yes, that figure does include taxes!

The incredible prices, just a fraction of what return charter flights to Cuba would normally cost, are available for a limited time only and the reduced fares extend to other U.S.-Cuba routes such as American Airlines’ newest, connecting Charlotte to five different Cuban cities from only $298 before taxes.

It’s all part of a sale to celebrate American Airlines’ inaugural flight to Cuba on 7th September 2016, which will depart from Miami and touch down at Cienfuegos. All commercial flights by American Airlines to Cuba are flown with a stopover in Miami, as no direct routes are available from other U.S. cities, at least not yet. This March AA made an application to fly to Cuba direct from Charlote once a day all throughout the year but approval is still pending with the U.S. government’s Department of Transportation (DOT) expected to voice their decision this autumn, along with the announcement of which U.S. airlines will receive approval to fly scheduled routes to Havana.

An overwhelming number of applications were made for the Cuban capital by a large number of U.S. airlines, which forced the DOT to delay their decision and take a longer time to deliberate on who would be getting the most coveted of all Cuba routes.

American Airlines’ Cuba sale will be on until 11th July and applies to flights departing between 7th September and 15th November 2016. The airline reminds passengers during the online flight booking process that visas are still needed to enter Cuba and U.S. passengers must apply for one of the 12 categories approved to travel to the island.

Scheduled routes to Cuba by American Airlines will be flown on an Airbus A319 and reaching the island (depending on point of departure and arrival) would take an estimated average time of two hours and a half (for every 847 miles), according to the airline’s official application. From Miami the distance is considerably shorter as the city is only 90 miles away from the Cuban capital, the equivalent to 45 minutes of flying time.


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