U.S. Department of Transportation proposes new scheduled services to Havana

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has proposed to award new scheduled U.S. carrier flights to Havana. The awards became possible when several U.S. carriers previously awarded Havana authority chose to return their awards.

American Airlines can now fly from Miami, once daily, Delta Air Lines from Miami, once daily, JetBlue Airways from Fort Lauderdale, 6 times weekly, JetBlue Airways from Boston, 1 time weekly, Southwest Airlines from Fort Lauderdale, once daily and United Airlines/Mesa Airlines from Houston, 6 times weekly.

The Department’s principal objective in making its proposed selections was to maximize public benefits, including choosing carriers that offered and could maintain the best ongoing service between the United States and Havana. Through these proposed selections, DOT seeks to simultaneously address service needs while promoting competition.

Under an arrangement with Cuba signed in 2016, each country may operate up to 20 daily roundtrip flights between the United States and Havana. Several U.S. carriers that were awarded flights in 2016 have since returned them, and DOT is seeking to reallocate them to interested carriers. Because the applicants seek more opportunities than are available, DOT is conducting a proceeding to allocate the opportunities in a manner that will maximize public benefits.

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