US airlines sign up to deliver Cuba flights

US airlines ready to fly flights to Cuba

All of the major US airlines have signed up to fly flights to Cuba.

American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and JetBlue have submitted applications to the US government requesting the right to fly commercial flights to the communist led country.

The government will allow 20 daily round-trip flights between the US and Havana and 10 daily round-trip flights to nine other Cuban cities that offer access to international airports.

Delta has requested flights to Havana from its hub in Atlanta and from JFK International Airport in New York, Miami, and Orlando.

American Airlines would like to provide 10 daily flights to Cuba from Miami, Los Angeles and airports serving Chicago, Charlotte, N.C., and Dallas/Fort Worth.

JetBlue has signed up for flights to Cuba from New York, Newark and Boston, as well as the Florida cities of Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa. JetBlue wants to operate 15 daily flights to four Cuban cities.

United Airlines submitted an application to fly to Cuba from airports serving New York, Newark, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Houston.

Southwest Airlines wants to serve Cuba from three Florida airports: Fort Lauderdale, Tampa and Orlando.

Alaska Airlines filed an application to fly two daily nonstop flights from Los Angeles to Havana.

The US Department of Transportation is responsible for approving those requests. 

The US and Cuba agreed in 2015 to resume commercial air travel for the first time in more than 50 years.

Because the embargo is still in place, tourists are not allowed to fly. Among the twelve criteria used to determine flight status include family visits, government work, journalism, professional research, humanitarian work, and education.

US tourists may soon have the opportunity to visit the country. The US recently reopened its embassy in Cuba, a first since 1961.