Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit, and United have been tentatively granted rights to fly from the US to Havana, Cuba!
In the tentative decision, DOT stated that this proceeding provides an opportunity to introduce scheduled service to Havana after more than 50 years of U.S.-Cuba services being absent altogether or limited only to charters. DOT said that in cases where it has the opportunity to introduce U.S. carrier service where it has been unavailable or significantly restricted, it typically makes selections designed to address a variety of public interest needs. It pursued that approach here.
Given the limitations on scheduled Havana service and the number of requests received, DOT could not select every applicant for service. DOT’s show cause states that the carriers and cities tentatively selected represent, on balance, the best approach to achieve maximum public benefits
DOT has only issued a tentative decision, and airlines will not be authorized to sell tickets until a final decision is reached sometime later this summer. Most of the airlines propose to begin their services in the fall and winter of 2016/2017, and those airlines receiving authority in the proceeding will likely begin selling tickets well in advance of their planned startup dates.
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