Southwest Airlines to start flying the Tampa-Havana this December and Hollywood-Varadero in November

Posted: 27-Oct-16 10:32

In yet another history-making move, Democratic U.S. Representative, Kathy Castor recently confirmed the date for the launching of Southwest Airlines’ latest route to Havana, with the Cuban capital instantly becoming the airline’s 100th destination. The American carrier’s new service connecting Tampa to Havana will take off on 12th December 2016, just a month after its new Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood – Varadero launches on 13th November 2016.

Southwest Airlines to start flying the Tampa-Havana this December and Hollywood-Varadero in November

The honour of announcing the date for Southwest Airlines’ latest and much-awaited Cuba service to Havana was given to U.S. Representative for Florida’s 14th congressional district, Kathy Castor, who unveiled the official launching date for the new Tampa-Havana route during a public presentation held last Thursday.

During the official announcement, the Democrat also revealed the airline’s first Cuba service to soon depart from Fort Lauderdale and linking this southern U.S. city to Varadero with a twice-weekly service starting 13th November. Another additional flight from Fort Lauderdale to Havana with a twice-daily frequency will also take off on 12th December, while the Tampa-Havana route will be a once-daily service.

According to a statement release by Southwest Airlines and to celebrate the airline’s recently announced service to the Cuban capital, tickets for the new Tampa - Havana Bay would go for as little as US$ 59 each wayHavana will thus become the Dallas-based carrier’s 100th destination and as of last Thursday the new Cuba flights are available for online bookings through the airline’s website.

Despite the official announcement of the new Cuba routes, these new Cuba flights by Southwest Airlines are still pending approval from the Cuban government which is still to give the green light on certain requirements.

Southwest Airlines’ CEO and President, expressed his joy at the company’s new Cuba ventures with the following statement:

“Cuba will be the ninth country on our route map, and Havana will mark Southwest's 100th city, a significant and proud milestone."

Following approval from the U.S. Department of Transport (DOT) last summer, a total of eight U.S. airlines will be launching new direct flights to Havana this winter, with the first of these expected to touch down in the Cuban capital on 30th November as American Airlines connects Charlotte to Havana by the end of next month.

Meanwhile, another other U.S. air giant, JetBlue, has been granted approval to operate flights to Havana from four U.S. airports yet it’s still fighting for its declined Boston-Havana route, which the company is trying to snatch from Alaska Airlines, given the fact that the latter pushed back its launching dates to 2017, breaking a pre-condition for the DOT approval. How this controversy unfolds is yet to be seen, with JetBlue filing another request to gain their proposed Boston-Havana route from rival airline.

For the time being, American travellers are still not allowed to travel to Cuba as tourists and must apply for one of their 12 approved categories for travel to the island, an essential step they can now do online throughout the booking process of their flights to Cuba.

With President Obama recently signing a Presidential Policy Directive to ensure the U.S. continues improving its relationship with Cuba and calling for the end of the embargo, it’s only a matter of time before Americans can legally visit Cuba as tourists. Of course, we’ll tell you all about it when and if it happens. In the meantime, we remain waiting on the sidelines, eagerly waiting for the day the Cuban trade embargo finally sees its end. 


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