Delta Airlines to commence air service to Cuba in December

Posted: 07-Sep-16 12:28

Major American carrier, Delta Airlines just announced the take-off date for commercial flights to Cuba. The company, which already had been selected among eight other carriers to commence direct air service to Cuba, will begin to fly to the island in December. This service proves promising as it boasts important connections between Havana and important US cities, including New York and Miami.

Delta Airlines to commence air service to Cuba in December

After announcing in July that eight American carriers had been given the green light to commence direct commercial air traffic between Cuba and the US, this promise became a reality on 31st August with JetBlue’s first ever commercial flight to Santa Clara. In order to “present the public with a wide array of travel choices”, the DOT had approved the following airlines, which range from low-cost carriers to big flying companies: Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Airlines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines and United Airlines. As months pass, air service from all carriers is expected to begin and companies like Delta Airlines have already been given a date for take-off.

According to recent reports, this Delta Airlines will begin daily service to Havana, Cuba, from Atlanta, Miami and New York–JFK on 1st December 2016. The statement came Wednesday, 31st August, following the U.S. Department of Transportation's approval. All those who are interested in flying to the island around these dates will be able to purchase airplane tickets starting 10th September.

The moment this carrier starts flying to Cuba, it will signify an important increase in traffic for Delta Airlines, which is already the second-largest carrier at Miami International Airport by number of daily flights. Delta’s Miami-Havana flights will serve the largest population of Cuban-Americans in the U.S. whilst service between New York-JFK and Havana will connect the New York City area, home to the second largest Cuban-American population, to Cuba’s political, cultural and economic capital.

In addition, Atlanta service will provide more than 150 U.S. cities with one-stop access to Cuba from the world’s largest hub, with more seats, destinations and flights than any other carrier.

Though the re-establishment of direct commercial flights between the former Cold War rivals sounds encouraging and optimistic, US citizens must remember that tourism to the island is still off the table. Americans may only travel to Cuba if they fit into one of the 12 legal categories approved by the U.S. government, which comprise family visits, educational activities, religious activities, humanitarian projects, professional research and professional meetings as well as the popular people-to-people travel.

Delta Airlines along with its subsidiaries and regional affiliates operate over 5,400 flights daily and serve an extensive domestic and international network that includes 334 destinations in 64 countries on six continents, as of June 2015. The airline inherited passenger service to Havana, Cuba, after it merged with Chicago and Southern Air Lines in 1953.

It suspended service on 1st Decemeber, 1961 after the US government applied the embargo policy upon Cuba. However the company is not new to flying to Cuba as it already operated charters between New York-JFK and Havana from 2002 to 2004. Delta Vacations, a division that focuses on offering clients travel packages, is set to launch Cuba-oriented options later this year.


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