HAVANA, Cuba, Friday September 2, 2016 – Now that JetBlue has completed the first regularly scheduled commercial flight between the United States and Cuba in more than half a century – landing in the city of Santa Clara on Wednesday – two other American airlines have kicked off the announcements on when flights will land in Havana.
Delta Airlines and Spirit Airlines will both begin flying to the Cuban capital on December 1.
They are the first of the eight airlines that received approval for routes to Havana, to announce a start date for regularly scheduled service.
Spirit Airlines yesterday started selling tickets for its twice daily nonstop flights between Fort Lauderdale and Havana’s José Martí International Airport.
“We are excited to be a part of history with the addition of Havana to our growing network,” said Mark Kopczak, Spirit Airlines’ Vice President of Network Planning.
In addition to the nonstop service, Spirit plans to provide connecting service from an additional 20 US cities via Fort Lauderdale.
From September 10, Havana-bound travellers will be able to purchase tickets to fly on Delta, which will offer daily service from Miami, New York and Atlanta.
“This December, we look forward to serving customers with the excellent customer service and operational performance they expect from Delta while reuniting families and supporting a new generation of travellers seeking to engage and explore this unique destination,” said Nicolas Ferri, Delta’s Vice President, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Earlier this week, the US Department of Transportation confirmed that Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Jet Blue, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines and United Airlines had been given the green light to operate Havana flights. Under a new air services agreement, a total of 20 daily routes between the US and Cuba’s capital have been awarded to the airlines.
The routes are subject to Cuban regulatory approval.
Americans can travel to Cuba only if their trip falls within one of 12 designated categories, including family visits, educational activities, religious activities, humanitarian projects, professional research and professional meetings and others.