HAVANA TIMES — The US government approved Thursday a list of eight airlines to fly routes from different US cities to the Cuban capital Havana. Last month the government authorized six airlines to fly to different Cuban provinces.
The airlines receiving authorization for flights to Havana are: Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines and United Airlines.
Once final approval from Cuba is assured the US airlines will fly to Havana from New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Newark, Charlotte, Houston and Atlanta.
The US State Department said it based the allocations on cities with a large population of Cuban immigrants.
In June the US authorized American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Silver Airways, Southwest Airlines y Sun Country Airlines to fly from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Chicago, Minneapolis/St.Paul and Philadelphia to nine Cuban destinations outside of the capital. These are Camagüey, Cayo Coco, Cayo Largo, Cienfuegos, Holguín, Manzanillo, Matanzas, Santa Clara and Santiago de Cuba.