United Airlines will soon begin flights to Havana

Posted: 06-Sep-16 08:44

United Airlines will soon start to offer flights to Havana. Approval was granted by the U.S. Department of Transportation to operate non-stop flights to Havana from Houston and Newark, New Jersey, and journeys will begin from November 29. And United Airlines aren’t the only firm to benefit from closer relations between the island and USA.

United Airlines will soon begin flights to Havana

Passengers with United Airlines will soon be able to fly directly from the USA to Cuba on the new flights that have been approved for this fall. United Airlines has been given the official go-ahead to start daily non-stop flights from Newark and non-stop flights every Saturday from Houston to Havana, Cuba. The new flight schedule will begin on November 29th, 2016 – which is subject to final approval from the government.

The non-stop flights are available to be booked United Airline’s website and they will be covered by a Boeing 737 aircraft. The airline is working hard to get the Cuba service ready to begin in November, which will be a historic move. The US and Cuban governments have only recently allowed travel between the two countries again after many years of closed borders.

The first scheduled flight from the US to Cuba in more than 50 years arrived on Wednesday, August 31, 2016. Jetblue's flight flew from Fort Lauderdale in Florida to Santa Clara. The new open borders and the forging of a different relationship between Cuba and the US in the future has been encouraged by President Barack Obama and Raul Castro.

Tourist travel in Cuba is not completely unrestricted yet for Americans, but the US government has allowed travel which fits within certain criteria including official business, family visits, journalistic visits, professional meetings, educational activities and religious activities. Travelers must be able to prove that their visit fits within one of these categories.

As well as giving United Airlines the permission to schedule commercial air service to Cuba, several other airlines in the USA were granted the right to do so as well. These included JetBlue Airways, American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Silver Airways, Southwest Airlines and Sun Country.

The only flights that have been established connecting Chicago to Cuba are operated by Frontier Airlines. The flight travels from O’Hare International Airport in Chicago to Santiago de Cuba in Cuba. United Airlines also proposed flights from Chicago and Washington DC to Havana, but the Department of Transportation did not grant them approval for this.

With the increase in interest in travel to Cuba and the growing number of US visitors, it is likely that we will soon start to see many airlines offering flights between major US cities and Cuban cities in the near future.


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