US approves new American Airlines and JetBlue flights to Havana

US approves new American Airlines and JetBlue flights to Havana

Written by David Shepardson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Biden administration will expand U.S. flights to Havana, adding 13 flights a week from American Airlines (NASDAQ:) from Miami and a weekly Jet Blue flight from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the U.S. Department of Transportation said on Monday.

This is on top of American Airlines’ six regular daily flights and three JetBlue flights on weekdays to Havana from Florida airports.

The USDOT said flights should begin by mid-December. In June, the department lifted a series of restrictions on flights to Cuba, including ending a ban on American Airlines flights to smaller Cuban airports outside Havana.

At the time, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said the action “supports the Cuban people and serves the foreign policy interests of the United States.”

The previous administration under President Donald Trump banned airline flights to smaller Cuban airports.

In July, American Airlines received permission to resume service at some of the smaller Cuban airports. The Americans asked for approval of flights from Miami to Santa Clara, Holguin, Matanzas / Varadero and Santiago de Cuba.

The airline said earlier this year that the flights “will enhance service and access between the United States and those points that do not belong to Havana, after more than two years during which that service was suspended.”

During the Trump administration, the United States capped charter flights to Cuba at 3,600 per year and later suspended private charter flights into the country. It also banned charter flights to any Cuban airports except Havana.

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