All the U.S. Airlines That Are Flying to Cuba
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All the U.S. Airlines That Are Flying to Cuba

First US Flights to Cuba
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UPDATED: This story has been revised to include the Department of Transportation's August 31, 2016 announcement of the final flight schedules for 20 daily non-stop flights from the U.S. to Havana's José Martí International Airport.

Looking for a flight schedule to Cuba? We’ve got you covered.

When JetBlue’s inaugural commercial flight to Santa Clara lands next week, it will become the first U.S. airline to begin regular commercial flights to Cuba in more than 50 years.

The New York-based airline already has been running charter flights from New York to Havana since earlier this year when President Obama eased travel restrictions that had been in place since the Cold War era. And American Airlines began a charter flight from Los Angeles to Havana last December. But like other airlines, JetBlue is still awaiting government approval for regular commercial flights to the Cuban capital.

While Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit, and United received tentative approval earlier this summer from the U.S. Department of Transportation to fly to Havana, their flight schedules were not confirmed until August 31st. The airlines will begin selling airfare to Havana as they announce the start dates for the new routes.

Only 20 daily non-stop flights are being permitted from the U.S. to the Cuban capital and 14 will be from Florida, out of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa and Orlando. The remaining six flights will connect Havana with Atlanta, Charlotte, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark, and New York.

Over the next few months, 10 airlines will begin regular daily and weekly service to 10 Cuban cities. Alaska Airlines, American, Delta, JetBlue, Frontier, Silver Airways, Spirit, Southwest, Sun Country, and United will operate a combined 155 flights, which will be rolled out between now and January. Their planned flight schedules are listed below.

But don’t start packing your bags just yet. There are still restrictions for Americans to travel to Cuba—you must fulfill one of 12 entry requirements. For the latest news, check out the webpage of the U.S. embassy in Havana. The schedule below lists the date that each airline begins operating flights to nine cities in Cuba, other than Havana.

Flights to Cuba from the U.S.

Alaska Airlines

  • TBD: One daily flight from Los Angeles to Havana

American Airlines

  • Sept. 7: One daily flight from Miami to Holguín and Cienfuegos
  • Sept. 9: One daily flight from Miami to Camaguey and Santa Clara
  • Sept. 11: One daily flight from Miami to Varadero
  • TBD: Four daily flights from Miami to Havana
  • TBD: One daily flight from Charlotte to Havana

Delta Air Lines

  • TBD: One daily flight from New York's JFK to Havana
  • TBD: One daily flight from Atlanta to Havana
  • TBD: One daily flight from Miami to Havana

Frontier Airlines

  • Oct. 27: Daily flights from Chicago O’Hare to Santiago de Cuba
  • Dec. 15: Four weekly flights from Philadelphia to Camaguey
  • Dec. 15: Three weekly flights from Philadelphia to Santa Clara
  • Jan. 7: One weekly flight each from Chicago O’Hare and Philadelphia to Varadero.
  • TBD: One daily flight from Miami to Havana

JetBlue

  • Aug. 31: Three weekly flights from Fort Lauderdale to Santa Clara
  • Oct. 1: One daily flight from Fort Lauderdale to Santa Clara
  • Nov. 3: One daily flight from Fort Lauderdale to Camagüey
  • Nov. 10: One daily flight from Fort Lauderdale to Holguín
  • TBD: Two daily flights from Fort Lauderdale to Havana (except only once on Saturdays)
  • TBD: One daily flight from New York JFK to Havana
  • TBD: One daily flight from Orlando to Havana

Silver Airways

All flights originate in Fort Lauderdale (FLL)

  • Sept. 1: Daily flight to Santa Clara
  • Oct. 13: Five weekly flights to Camagüey
  • Oct. 21: Two weekly flights to Cienfuegos
  • Oct. 27: Daily flight to Holguín
  • Nov. 3: Daily flight to Santiago de Cuba
  • Nov. 17: Three weekly flights to Cayo Coco
  • Dec. 2: Four weekly flights to Varadero
  • Dec. 8: One weekly flight to Cayo Largo del Sur
  • Dec. 16: Three weekly flights to Manzanillo

Spirit Airlines

  • TBD: Two daily flights from Fort Lauderdale to Havana

Southwest Airlines

  • TBD: Two daily flights from Fort Lauderdale to Varadero
  • TBD: One daily flight from Fort Lauderdale to Santa Clara
  • TBD: Two daily flights from Fort Lauderdale to Havana
  • TBD: One daily flight from Tampa to Havana

Sun Country Airlines

  • TBD: One weekly flight from Minneapolis to Varadero
  • TBD: One weekly flight from Minneapolis to Santa Clara

United Airlines

  • TBD: One daily flight from Newark to Havana
  • TBD: One weekly flight from Houston to Havana (on Saturdays)

But that’s not the only way to get to Cuba. You can also take HavanaAir, which flies out of Miami and Key West. In May, Carnival's newest brand Fathom began cultural cruises to Cuba out of Miami. Check out these 9 other ways to get to Cuba by boat or plane.

Christopher Tkaczyk is the Senior News Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @ctkaczyk.

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