The US Department of Transportation announced the tentatively approval of new routes between the USA and Havana, Cuba. This paves the way for USA to Havana flights which will be the first commercial flights between the United States and Cuba in nearly 50 years! Under the air service agreement, both countries can launch up to 20 daily flights between Havana and the United States and no longer limits flights to charter only.
The routes awarded today are awarded to all the major players in the US Aviation industry, but leaves out smaller carriers such as Silver Airways who previously mentioned that service to secondary Cuban cities relied heavily on service to Havana. Included in the mix of service awarded to Cuba includes legacy carriers along with low cost and hybrid carriers. USA to Havana is a route that every airline wanted, but only a few were lucky enough to win.
Blue: West Coast to Havana (Alaska Air), Red: Florida to Havana (American, Jetblue, Delta, Spirit, Southwest, Frontier), Orange: South & Eastcoast: to Havana (American, Delta, United, Jetblue).
Notice that just about every airline received a piece of the Havana market, with American winning the most frequencies and the majority of service being offered from Little Havana, aka Miami and nearby Fort Lauderdale. Miami will be fragmented between American Airlines, Delta, and Frontier Airlines and nearby Fort Lauderdale may receive service from Southwest, Spirit and Jetblue. All other service to Havana will be heavily served from the south and east coast with only Alaska Airlines offering a direct connection to Cuba from the US West Coast.
Alaska Airlines will have the highest operating costs to Miami as their once daily service is nearly 2.5x longer than the average flight to Cuba. Most flights to Cuba are under 500 miles (Mia-Hav is only 235 short miles), with an average of 867 miles heavily skewed due to Alaska’s 2,303 flight segment. It will be interesting to see which airlines actually starts service, and how profitable, if even, these new routes will be. USA to Havana flights are coming soon!
Tickets are still not on sale to Havana and remember, you “cannot travel” to Havana as a tourist. Your trip must have a “purpose”.
Read the entire DOT press release US to Havana Tennative Air Service Award