USA to Havana Flights Approved for 8 Airlines

A Havana walkway. Photo: Caridad
A Havana walkway. Photo: Caridad

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.

13 thoughts on “USA to Havana Flights Approved for 8 Airlines

  • July 11, 2016 at 8:04 am

    The society that you wish for has never existed, and given human nature, likely never will. Read Martin Guevara’s post “Take this Cup….”. Do you really believe that there is only “some frustration in Cuba with the economic conditions at present but for the most part the population understands the causes and the actions being taken to minimize the effects.” Really? This frustration sends Cubans to the sea in rafts. This frustration turns Doctors and Engineers into prostitutes. Otherwise honest Cubans steal chicken meat from their workplace because of this “frustration”. Comparisons between the US and Cuba are generally worthless. It is better to compare what happens in Cuba to basic common sense. How bad would your life have to be to force YOU to climb on an inner tube raft? The democracy and freedom you wish for sounds nice. But on this planet, what exists in the US and elsewhere, while far from perfect is still much better than tyranny and oppression.

  • July 10, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    I was with you until the part about “individual rights”. Therein lies the problem in Cuba. Policies which lack any concern for individual rights has led to ruin and tyranny in Cuba. The Castros have even eliminated the individual’s right to think for himself and the freedom to express those thoughts. True democracy is balancing the rights of the individual against “the well-being of society as a whole”. When a majority of the people exercising their INDIVIDUAL right of expression agree on what is best for society as a whole, democracy exists. The Castros, through tyranny, have outlawed individual expression and therefore having no means to arrive at a consensus of the majority, fill the void with their self-perpetuating totalitarianism. Cubans DO NOT play an active part in anything concerning governance. However, based on your comment, if indeed this is what you wish for, tell me again how it is you support the Castro dictatorship?

  • July 10, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Put simply Ben those are the logical and expectations, but sadly not possible in Cuba. They are only possible with individual rights and freedoms, with full information about society being available, with opportunity for choice. I would be the first to agree that I do not wish her to be self centered, but that is one of the problems currently in Cuba, for adult concentration has to be upon being able daily to feed ones own family, rather than upon the common good.
    When you speak of an environment free of violence and crime, have you considered the quote that I gave of Raul Castro’s assessment of crime in Cuba and the fact that Cuba has the fourth highest rate of incarceration in the world?
    But I thank you for the response and think that the life you describe would be much more preferable to the one which she will experience if the communist dictatorship continues, for it is a system of indoctrination from the age of two, of repression and of power and control being exerted by the few over the many.
    Playing an active part in society in Cuba is only possible for adherents to the current political system, remember that if my God-child’s parents inform her of anything that is counter to communism, they can be jailed for up to three years. When such action occurs, who is guilty of the crime – those who comfort and care for their children in their own home, or those who incarcerate them?
    I don’t doubt your genuine wish that she has the opportunities you describe, but you clearly do not comprehend the reality of life for Cubans under the current dictatorship if you think that the objectives you describe are possible in Cuba.

  • July 10, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Definitely not the democracy and freedom that you have in mind. The democracy that you seem to what for Cuba leads to frustration, anger and despair among a sizable portion of the population. You talk only of freedom of the individual assuming that it will automatically translate into a harmonious society. Not so.
    Sure, there is some frustration in Cuba with the economic conditions at present but for the most part the population understands the causes and the actions being taken to minimize the effects The causes are essentially external.
    I wish for a democracy where the citizens vote for the person they think is most qualified rather than for a political party that represents only the interests of a certain class having wealth. I wish for a harmonious society where there are not extremes of rich and poor but a society where education and good health care is provided. Where the conditions for a more prosperous economy can be brought about for the benefit of all its citizens.

  • July 10, 2016 at 6:29 am

    Ben, do you want democracy and freedom for Cuba?

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