Delta Airlines to start flying three daily Cuba routes starting 1st December

Posted: 15-Nov-16 10:47

American carrier Delta Airlines will start linking Havana to three U.S. cities – New York, Atlanta and Miami as soon as the start of next month. A total of 21 weekly flights to Cuba’s will ensue, marking the airline’s debut in the island. Preparing ahead of the launch, Delta has already set up a new Cuba office in the centric downtown neighbourhood of Vedado, with prospective clients already queuing up to buy tickets.

Delta Airlines to start flying three daily Cuba routes starting 1st December

Havana will start being serviced by direct regular flights from Delta Airlines starting 1st December 2016. The first American airline to call at Cuba’s capital city, Delta will do so with three new commercial weekly routes departing from three different U.S. cities: Miami, New York and Atlanta.

The first of these to launch on 1st December is the new Miami-Havana route, followed by New York-Havana and finally the new Havana-Atlanta service taking off a few days later.

All three new routes will be operated using two different Airbus planes, except for the next summer season, when, according to Delta Airline’s general manager for Central America and the Caribbean, Jose Zapata, the airline plans to employ bigger, higher-capacity airplanes to appropriately meet the expected higher demand during the summer months.

Delta Airlines has also been the first to set up and open a commercial office in Havana’s popular downtown neighbourhood of Vedado, where long queues reveal the general excitement ahead of the flights’ launch in a few weeks’ time.

American Airlines had also set up office in Havana’s quieter, elegant neighbourhood of Miramar, right at the heart of its business centre, but the company has not yet opened its headquarters to the public. Regardless, the carrier has announced its plans to resume its flights to Havana from Boston, Washington, Tampa, Miami, Orlando, Philadelphia and New York, sometime in December. In the meantime American Airlines continues to service its routes to other Cuban destinations, which it started operating in September; with two daily flights to Varadero, Santa Clara and Holguin and one daily frequency to Camaguey and Cienfuegos.

Direct commercial flights between Cuba and the U.S. officially resumed on 31st August 2016 when JetBlue launched its new service to Santa Clara from Fort Lauderdale. At present, JetBlue operates direct flights to Holguin, Camaguey and Santa Clara with reduced fares that don’t go higher than $200 USD for a return ticket. The company also has the launch of new routes linking Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and New York’s JFK airport to Havana in its immediate plans.

On the other hand, Silver Airlines is yet another commercial airline offering low-cost service to Cuba, linking Fort Lauderdale to the Cuban cities of Holguin, Cienfuegos, Camaguey, and various of Cuba’s popular keys, but most remarkably, it’s the only airline that currently flies to Santiago de Cuba.

Most American citizens still cannot travel to Cuba as tourists due to the restrictions in place as part of the U.S. trade embargo imposed on the island. However, thanks to President Obama’s relaxation of the rules, Americans can now visit the island under 12 approved categories of travel, as outlined by Obama’s administration in January 2015.

As a consequence of the U.S. – Cuba thaw and Obama’s continued efforts to improve relations between the two countries, last February both nations signed an agreement to re-establish regular direct flights between the U.S. and Cuba, after a 55-year hiatus. As a result the new civil aviation agreement in place allows for up to 110 daily flights to Cuba from the U.S. 


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