It's another milestone with flight from Miami to Havana
BY MIMI WHITEFIELD
In another milestone in improving air service between the United States
and Cuba, an American Airlines jet took off Monday morning on the first
regularly scheduled flight between Miami and the Cuban capital in more
than half a century.
The Havana-bound 737 plane, which took to the air at 7:30 a.m., is
carrying 145 passengers. As passengers waited at the gate, AA treated
them to pastelitos, cupcakes emblazoned with the airline logo, and coffee.
American and several other airlines began flying regular routes to
several Cuban cities outside the capital in late summer, but Monday's
flight was the first of the new Havana-bound service and the first of
four daily flights American plans from Miami International Airport to
The new flights are part of the Obama's administration's opening toward
Cuba, but their future could be in jeopardy depending on President-elect
Donald Trump's Cuba policies. He has said he will unravel changes made
by President Barack Obama unless Cuba makes political changes.
The American Airlines launch kicks off a week when there will be a
flurry of first flights from U.S. airports to Havana.
JetBlue plans to start its twice-daily service from Fort
Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to Havana on Wednesday and
from Orlando on Tuesday.
Spirit Airlines and Frontier Airlines will begin service from Fort
Lauderdale on Thursday, and Delta Air Lines will also launch service
from Miami, New York's JFK and Atlanta to Havana on Thursday.
Southwest will begin offering twice-daily service from Fort Lauderdale
to Havana on Dec. 12.
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