Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Proposed Commercial Flights

Cuba Flights: What Each Carrier Applied For

By Michael B. Baker  / Contact Reporter

The battle has begun for the scheduled flight slots between the United States and Cuba, which resumes later this year for the first time in decades, following amemorandum of understanding the two nations signed in February.
Carriers large and small are vying for 110 daily round-trip slots: 20 to Havana and 10 each to nine other Cuban airports. Some carriers aim to fly this summer, and the U.S. Department of Transportation "intends to reach a final decision in this matter as promptly as possible," according to its invitation for applications.
Unsurprisingly, considering its Miami hub, American Airlines' proposal is the largest filed so far, and JetBlue Airways' application also requests more than half the available Havana slots. Both Delta Air Lines and United Airlines had more modest proposals for Cuban service.
Because travel between the United States and Cuba remains restricted to certain activities, including family visits, Florida-based regional airline Silver Airways filed for several slots to connect Cuba to smaller Florida airports that serve large Cuban populations like Palm Beach, Fort Myers, Key West and Jacksonville. "Under current law and regulation, the vast majority of travelers to Cuba will come from Florida," the carrier said in its filing. "Traveling options for Florida communities must be the prime consideration in assessing the public benefits in this proceeding."
Other types of travel permitted between the United States and Cuba include government business, educational activities, humanitarian projects and professional meetings and research activities.
Here are the round-trips other carriers have asked for.
Alaska Airlines
  • Los Angeles-Havana twice daily connecting to Seattle and Portland, Ore.
  • Miami-Havana 10 times daily
  • Charlotte-Havana daily
  • Dallas-Fort Worth-Havana daily
  • Chicago-Havana weekly
  • Los Angeles-Havana weekly
  • Miami-Santa Clara twice daily
  • Miami-Holguin twice daily
  • Miami-Varadero twice daily
  • Miami-Camagüey daily
  • Miami-Cienfuegos daily
Delta Air Lines
  • Miami-Havana twice daily
  • New York City-Havana daily
  • Atlanta-Havana daily
Eastern Airlines
  • Miami-Havana daily
  • Miami-Camagüey three times a week
  • Miami-Holguin three times a week
Frontier Airlines
  • Miami-Havana three times a day
  • Denver-Havana daily
  • Miami-Camagüey four times a week
  • Miami-Santa Clara three times a week
  • Varadero-Philadelphia weekly
  • Varadero-Chicago weekly
  • Fort Lauderdale-Havana four times a day
  • Tampa-Havana twice daily
  • Orlando-Havana twice daily
  • New York City-Havana twice daily
  • Boston-Havana daily
  • Newark-Havana daily
  • Fort Lauderdale-Camagüey daily
  • Fort Lauderdale-Holguin daily
  • Fort Lauderdale-Santa Clara daily
  • Fort Lauderdale-Havana six times a day
  • Tampa-Havana twice daily
  • Orlando-Havana daily
  • Fort Lauderdale-Varadero twice daily
  • Fort Lauderdale-Santa Clara daily
Spirit Airlines
  • Fort Lauderdale-Havana twice daily
Sun Country Airlines
  • Minneapolis-Havana twice a week
  • Minneapolis-Havana another two times a week, stopping at Fort Myers, Fla.
  • Minneapolis-Santa Clara weekly, seasonally
  • Minneapolis-Varadero weekly, seasonally
United Airlines

  • New York City-Havana daily
  • Another New York City-Havana on Saturdays
  • Houston-Havana on Saturdays
  • Chicago-Havana on Saturdays
  • Washington, D.C.-Havana on Saturdays

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