US Airlines at War With Each Other Over Flights to Cuba

by Miguel R. Quinones

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If you thought U.S. airlines would peacefully divide the rights for commercial flights to Cuba among themselves, think again. The Los Angeles Times has put together a summary of the accusations U.S. airlines are making against each other as they fight for the rights for these routes. These are some of those accusations:

In Delta’s application, the Atlanta-based carrier took an additional shot at JetBlue by including photos of stranded JetBlue passengers sleeping in chairs at a JFK terminal.

Southwest Airlines, which requested nine of the 20 daily flights to Havana, said it can offer fares lower than American, Spirit and JetBlue on flights between South Florida and Havana.
United Airlines described a projection that Southwest made about demand for its service “capricious.”

American Airlines, which asked for 12 daily flights into Havana plus 10 daily or weekly flights to other Cuban airports, called Southwest’s request for six daily flights from Fort Lauderdale to Havana “absurd.

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I suspected that the fight between U.S. airlines for the rights to commercial flights to Cuba would be fierce, but I had no idea it would be this contentious. I am eagerly waiting to see how the U.S. Department of Transportation decides to allocate commercial routes to Cuba. Someone is definitely not going to be happy with their decision.

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