WASHINGTON D.C. – MetroAir Virtual Airlines was among the numerous U.S. airlines given approval to begin scheduled flights to Cuba, the first in over 50 years. According to the US Department of Transportation, the airlines were approved to fly to nine Cuban cities other than Havana. The DOT is still deciding which airlines will get the highly sought after 20 slot pairs to the Cuban capitol.
MetroAir had previously filed a request to begin service to Havana, Veradero, and Santa Clara from multiple cities in the U.S. Flights to cities other than Havana were uncontested among the airlines, with MetroAir receiving permission to operate once daily between Boston, Fort Lauderdale, and Kansas City to Veradero, as well as once daily between Fort Lauderdale and Santa Clara. The flights to Veradero will be operated with 124-seat Airbus A319 aircraft, while the flight to Santa Clara will be operated by a 78-seat Embraer E170.
The 28 weekly flights are scheduled to begin on July 1st, pending a TSA review of security measures at Cuban airports.
“We’re excited to bring the beautiful country of Cuba into our global network,” exclaimed COO William Hogarth, “This is a historic moment and our teams will be traveling down there shortly to set up our outstations so we can get flights underway.”
MetroAir will be the first U.S. airline to begin flights to the newly approved destinations, with the remaining approved carriers beginning flights in the fall.