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U.S. DOT grants Delta routes to Cuba

Unread post by bimjim » Thu Jul 07, 2016

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U.S. DOT grants Delta routes to Cuba
Jul 7, 2016

Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) will start routes to Havana, Cuba, this fall from Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport, New York-JFK and Miami.

It will be the Atlanta-based carrier’s first daily, nonstop scheduled service to the Caribbean island in almost 55 years.

Delta said Atlanta’s superior connecting gateway will provide one-stop access to Cuba through the nation’s largest hub, with more seats, destinations and flights from Atlanta than any other carrier.

Delta flights between New York-JFK and Havana will connect the New York City area, which includes the second-largest Cuban-American population, to Cuba’s political, cultural and economic capital.

Delta’s Miami-Havana flights will serve the largest population of Cuban-Americans in the United States. Delta offers the second-most flights from Miami international airport.

“We look forward to providing the market with excellent customer and operational performance that will reunite families and support a new generation of travelers seeking to engage and explore this truly unique destination,” Delta Vice President of Latin America and the Caribbean Nicolas Ferri said, in a statement.

The carrier said earlier this year it would use Boeing 757-200 passenger jets for the Atlanta and New York routes and smaller Boeing 737-800 jets from Miami.

All routes are subject to Cuban regulatory approval. Delta will begin selling seats to Havana this summer.

The U.S. Department of Transportation also reported Thursday Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, and United Airlines will fly routes to Havana from Atlanta; Charlotte, N.C.; Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Houston; Los Angeles; Miami; Newark, N.J.; New York City; Orlando, Fla.; and Tampa, Fla.

“Restoring regular air service holds tremendous potential to reunite Cuban American families and foster education and opportunities for American businesses of all sizes,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said, in a statement.

The new flights don’t mean Cuba is going to open up to tourism. Passengers on the flights must have one of 12 reasons to visit:

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