First Flights to Cuba

There’s been a lot of buzz about legalizing American carrier flights to Cuba. On Thursday, July 7, the US government finally announced “tentative” airline flight schedule and ports of departure. These are not official until approved by the DOT, after which the carrier has 90 days to comply or loose approval.

The following is the proposed list of airline carriers and their schedule:

Alaska Airlines
Los Angeles: 1 daily round-trip flight

American Airlines
Miami: 4 daily round-trip flights
Charlotte: 1 daily round-trip flight

Delta Air Lines
Atlanta: 1 daily round-trip flight
New York JFK: 1 daily round-trip flight
Miami: 1 daily round-trip flight

Frontier Airlines
Miami: 1 daily round-trip flight

Fort Lauderdale: 2 daily round-trip flights (except one on Saturdays)
New York JFK: 1 daily round-trip flight
Orlando: 1 daily round-trip flight

Southwest Airlines
Fort Lauderdale: 2 daily round-trip flights
Tampa: 1 daily round-trip fligh

Spirit Airlines
Fort Lauderdale: 2 daily round-trip flights

United Airlines
Houston Bush Intercontinental: 1 weekly round-trip flight (Saturday only)
Newark Liberty: 1 daily round-trip flight

It is important to note that you still can’t legally travel as a tourist. You will be required to sign an affidavit that you are traveling for one of 12 reasons: family visits; official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations; journalistic activity; professional research and professional meetings; educational activities; religious activities; public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions; support for the Cuban people; humanitarian projects; activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes; exportation, importation, or transmission of information or information materials; and certain authorized export transactions.

In essence, this toothless requirement has given carte blanche to anyone at all to travel to Cuba—after all, everyone is learning something, right? All you need do is attest that you are participating in educational activities and you’re on the next flight out.

Jose Marti International Airport - Havana - Cuba