JetBlue, American Airlines add more flights to Havana

FILE - Airport workers receive JetBlue flight 387, the first commercial flight between the U.S. and Cuba in more than a half century, holding a United States, and a Cuban national flag, on the airport tarmac Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016 in Santa Clara, Cuba. The U.S. Transportation Department on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 lifted restrictions on flights to Cuba that were established during the Trump administration. The restrictions had prevented U.S. airline flights and chartered flights from going to Cuban cities other than Havana. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File) (Ramon Espinosa, Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

JetBlue and American Airlines will soon offer more flights to Cuba, with 13 additional weekly departures from Miami International Airport via American Airlines and one additional weekly departure from Fort Lauderdale via JetBlue.

The Biden Administration approved applications filed in 2020 from both airlines on Monday.

The new flights would also end a prohibition previously imposed on United States airlines to smaller Cuban airports outside of Havana.

In July 2022, U.S. officials approved a request by American Airlines to resume flights to five destinations in Cuba that were stopped in 2019 when the Trump administration sharply curtailed air service between the two countries.

The flights additional flights will be offered before the Holiday season.

American Airlines already offers six daily flights to the island through Miami International Airport. JetBlue offers three weekday flights through Fort Lauderdale International Airport.

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