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Southwest begins Cuba nonstop from Ft Lauderdale to Varadero

Unread post by bimjim » Tue Nov 15, 2016

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Southwest Airlines begins Cuba service nonstop from Ft Lauderdale to Varadero
November 15, 2016


Southwest Airlines on Sunday inaugurated service between South Florida and Cuba with the scheduled 11:00 am EST departure of Southwest Flight 3914 to Varadero (VRA) from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). A total of 143 passengers and a crew of five Southwest employees donned Cuban-style hats as the aircraft departed to an orchestra playing Caribbean music and a drumroll by renowned bandleader Tito Puente, Jr.

"Our employees have worked hard to open this route and a new chapter for people who want to connect with Cuba in ways that matter most to them," said Steve Goldberg, Southwest Airlines' Vice president of ground operations who is also Southwest's executive ambassador to Florida.

Goldberg also announced Southwest intends to begin once daily service from Fort Lauderdale to Santa Clara, Cuba (SNU) on Thursday, December 15, 2016, subject to requisite approvals of the Cuban government.

"By the end of this year, we'll offer six daily roundtrips between two Florida gateways and three Cuban cities as the work continues to open a new, five-gate international concourse here in Fort Lauderdale next summer,” he said.

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