MIAMI — American Airlines and JetBlue have received the required authorization from the Cuban government to start scheduled flights to the island, clearing the path for the first regular services between Cuba and the United States in more than 50 years.
JetBlue, with a flight to Santa Clara from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport on Wednesday, August 31, will become the first scheduled flight, followed by American Airlines, which will start regular services from Miami a week later, on September 7.
American Airlines, which plans two daily flights to Holguin, Santa Clara, and Varadero, and daily fights to Camaguey, and Cienfuegos, has received approval from the Cuban government to operate to and from all five Cuban Airports.
JetBlue, so far, has only received clearance to serve Santa Clara, but expects to begin flights to Holguin and Camaguey in November.
American, JetBlue and other airlines have applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to fly 20 daily routes to Havana, but so far the DOT has only granted a preliminary approval for the routes. The final approval is expected to take place later this year, and then these should be approved by the Cuban civil aviation authorities.
Frontier, Silver Airways, Southwest Airlines and Sun Country Airlines also have received the approval from the DOT for non-Havana routes.
Airways will be on board JetBlue’s first flight to Santa Clara on August 31. Follow our social media feeds for live coverage of this important event.