US gives tentative OK to flights to Cuba from 10 US cities

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. government has tentatively approved scheduled commercial airline service to Havana from 10 U.S. cities -- a major step in President Barack Obama's effort to normalize relations with Cuba.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says eight U.S. airlines will begin a total of 20 scheduled daily flights as early as this fall between the U.S. and the Cuban capital.

The U.S. cities are: Atlanta; Charlotte, North Carolina; Houston; Los Angeles; Newark, New Jersey; New York; and four in Florida -- Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa.

The airlines are Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit, and United. 

American Airlines flight will consist of a once-daily direct flight from CLT to Havana.

“American has a rich history in the Cuban market and we are excited to continue to be the leader in providing air service between the United States and Cuba,” said Andrew Nocella, American’s chief marketing officer. “We thank Secretary Foxx and the Department of Transportation for the opportunity to serve Havana and for their leadership in restoring scheduled service between the U.S. and Cuba after more than 50 years.”

The decision won't be final until later this summer.


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