United Airlines and Alitalia have launched non-stop services to Havana.

United flights depart daily from New York’s Newark Liberty International airport and every Saturday from Houston Bush Intercontinental airport, both served by a B737. Flight schedules have yet to be released.

Alitalia flights from Rome Fiumicino airport will depart Tuesdays at 1035 and Saturdays at 1435, returning from Havana on Tuesdays at 1830 and Saturdays at 2230 using a B777.

Earlier this year, JetBlue became the first US airline to make a commercial flight to Cuba in 55 years, flying from Fort Lauderdale to Santa Clara.

American Airlines also recently launched its first scheduled flight to Cuba, between Miami and Havana, with Delta and Spirit Airlines set to follow with inaugural services to the Cuban capital later this week.

See our Dec/Jan issue cover story for more on Cuba’s relationship with the US and the country’s growing trade links.

united.com; alitalia.com