Silver Airways launches first flight to Cuba after getting approval from government

Posted: 08-Sep-16 11:45

Silver Airways is celebrating approval from the Cuban government to operate regular scheduled commercial flights between Fort Lauderdale and multiple destinations in Cuba. The airline was granted permission to serve destinations including Santa Clara, Camagüey, Cienfuegos, and Holguín, and fights launched on 1st September, 2016 with its first service travelling to Santa Clara.

Silver Airways launches first flight to Cuba after getting approval from government

The Cuban government has granted approval to Silver Airways to operate flights to various destinations in Cuba from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport (FLL) in the United States. The airline launched its first flight on 1st September, 2016 to Santa Clara.

Silver Airways was granted permission to operate scheduled commercial flights to cities and towns in Cuba including Santa Clara, Camagüey, Cienfuegos, and Holguin.

The air carrier is seeking approval from the Cuban government to serve additional destinations on the Caribbean island including Santiago, Cayo Coco, Varadero, Cayo Largo, and Manzanillo. Sami Teittinen, the CEO and President of Silver Airways, stated:

“This historic moment would not have been possible without our team of dedicated professionals who have been working diligently in preparation for this historic resumption of service between the U.S. and Cuba.”

Teittinen added:

“Receiving approval from the U.S. DOT to serve all nine Cuban destinations beyond Havana and now approval from the Cuban government to begin our first flights, is a true testament to Silver’s already strong and developed position as the airline of choice for Florida and the Caribbean – and now we will be the airline of choice for Cuba.”

Silver Airways will offer three weekly flights to Santa Clara during September and daily flights from October; five flights a week to Camaguey from October; two flights a week to Cienfuegos from October; daily flights to Holguin from October; daily flights to Santiago from November; Cayo Coco flights three times a week from November; flights to Varadero four times a week from December; one weekly flight to Cayo Largo from December; and three flights a week to Manzanillo from December. Many of the flights will be operated using 22 Saab 340B Plus turbo-prop aircraft with 34 seats.

The U.S small air carrier serves more flights to destinations in Florida and the Bahamas than any other airline. It was the first U.S. airline to begin selling scheduled flights to Cuba when restrictions were eased. The airline is the only one that has been granted approval by the U.S. Department of Transportation to serve all nine Cuban destinations outside of Havana, and it offers more Cuba routes than any other airline.

The first commercial flight to travel between the U.S and Cuba since 1961 took to the skies last week. The JetBlue flight 387 departed from Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday 31st August, 2016 and travelled to Santa Clara.


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