WASHINGTON D.C. – MetroAir has tentatively been awarded flights to Havana, Cuba, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The decision will give MetroAir 3 daily round trip slots to Havana’s Jose Marti international Airport. The DOT has approved the slots to be used for 2 daily flights to Ft. Laduerdale and once daily from Los Angeles. Flights are slated to start as soon as September 1st.
“We’re very happy with the decision to spread the wealth with the Cuba slots,” revealed Chief Media Officer Anders Young, “We forsee each of our Cuba routes being very successful.”
Nine US airlines were awarded slots to Cuba in total. Regular airline service between the USA and Cuba has been banned for nearly fifty years, part of the broader US embargo on Cuba. However, the nations agreed last year to allow up to 110 daily scheduled flights as part of President Obama’s effort to normalize relations with Cuba.
MetroAir was previously awarded 4 daily slots to secondary Cuban cities, with service to Veradero and Santa Clara beginning in July.
“Today we take another important step toward delivering on President Obama’s promise to reengage Cuba,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement revealing the routes. “Restoring regular air service holds tremendous potential to reunite Cuban American families and foster education and opportunities for American businesses of all sizes.”