American Airlines has filed its applications for the reinstatement of routes from the US to Cuba, with proposals to serve Havana from Miami, Charlotte, Dallas Fort Worth, Los Angeles and Chicago.
The US carrier joins rival United in filing applications for Cuban services (see news March 3), following the agreement to restore commercial air services between the two countries last month.
AA plans to operate ten daily services between Miami and Havana, as well as daily flights to the Cuban capital from Charlotte and Dallas Fort Worth, and weekly services from Los Angeles and Chicago.
In addition the carrier is proposing to launch flights from Miami to five other Cuban destinations – namely Santa Clara (twice daily), Holguin (twice daily), Varadero (twice daily), Camaguey (daily) and Cienfuegos (daily).
In a statement AA’s chairman and CEO Doug Parker said that the carrier was “the undisputed leader in serving the people and businesses of Miami-Dade County, which is the heart and soul of the Cuban-American community and home to nearly 50 percent of the Cuban-American population in the United States”.
Parker added that “American’s proposed service – from Miami and four other hubs – will provide a strong foundation for the sustained future growth of commercial and cultural ties between the US and Cuba”.