Friday, August 26, 2016

Initial Dates for Commercial Flights to Provincial Airports

All the U.S. Airlines That Are Flying to Cuba

by Christopher Tkaczyk August 26, 2016

Looking for a flight schedule to Cuba? We’ve got you covered.

When JetBlue’s inaugural commercial flight to Santa Clara lands next week, it will become the first U.S. airline to begin regular commercial flights to Cuba in more than 50 years.

The New York-based airline already has been running charter flights from New York to Havana since earlier this year when President Obama eased travel restrictions that had been in place since the Cold War era. And American Airlines began a charter flight from Los Angeles to Havana last December. But like other airlines, JetBlue is still awaiting government approval for regular commercial flights to the Cuban capital.

While Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit, and United have received tentative approval from the U.S. Department of Transportation to fly to Havana, their flight schedules have not yet been confirmed. As such, the airlines cannot begin selling airfare to Havana until government approval is finalized.

Only 20 daily non-stop flights will be permitted from the U.S. to the Cuban capital and 14 will be from Florida, out of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa and Orlando. The remaining six flights will connect Havana with Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark, and New York.

Over the next few months, six airlines will begin regular weekly service to nine other Cuban cities. American, JetBlue, Frontier, Southwest, Sun Country, and Silver Airways will operate a combined 155 weekly flights, which will be rolled out between now and January. Their planned flight schedules are listed below.

But don’t start packing your bags just yet. There are still restrictions for Americans to travel to Cuba—you must fulfill one of 12 entry requirements. For the latest news, check out the webpage of the U.S. embassy in Havana. The schedule below lists the date that each airline begins operating flights to nine cities in Cuba, other than Havana.

Flights to Cuba from the U.S.

All flights originate in Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
Beginning Aug. 31: Three weekly flights from Fort Lauderdale to Santa Clara
  • Oct. 1: One daily flight from Fort Lauderdale to Santa Clara
  • Nov. 3: One daily flight from Fort Lauderdale to Camagüey
  • Nov. 10: One daily flight from Fort Lauderdale to Holguín

All flights originate in Miami (MIA)
  • Sept. 7: One daily flight to Holguín and Cienfuegos
  • Sept. 9: One daily flight to Camaguey and Santa Clara
  • Sept. 11: One daily flight to Varadero
  • Oct. 27: Daily flights between Chicago O’Hare / Miami and Santiago de Cuba 
  • Dec. 15: Four weekly flights between Philadelphia and Camaguey
  • Dec. 15: Three weekly flights between Philadelphia and Santa Clara
  • Jan. 7: One weekly flight each from Chicago O’Hare and Philadelphia to Varadero.

All flights originate in Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
  • Sept. 8: Daily flight to Santa Clara
  • Sept. 22: Five weekly flights to Camagüey
  • Oct. 6: Two weekly flights to Cienfuegos
  • Oct. 20: Daily flight to Holguín
  • Nov. 3: Daily flight to Santiago de Cuba
  • Nov. 17: Three weekly flights to Cayo Coco
  • Dec. 1: Four weekly flights to Varadero
  • Dec. 8: One weekly flight to Cayo Largo del Sur
  • Dec. 15: Three weekly flights to Manzanillo

All flights originate in Fort Lauderdale (FLL) and Tampa (TPA)
  • TBD: Two daily flights to Varadero
  • TBD: One daily flight to Santa Clara

All flights originate in Minneapolis (MSP)
  • TBD: One weekly flight to Varadero
  • TBD: One weekly flight to Santa Clara
But that’s not the only way to get to Cuba. You can also take HavanaAir, which flies out of Miami and Key West. In May, Carnival's newest brand Fathom began cultural cruises to Cuba out of Miami. Check out these 9 other ways to get to Cuba by boat or plane.

Christopher Tkaczyk is the Senior News Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @ctkaczyk.

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