|Havana, Cuba // Photo by Joe Pike|
The countdown to Cuba is officially underway at United Airlines after the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded the company final approval to launch service to Havana from two of its hubs this fall.
Beginning November 29, United will start daily nonstop flights to the Cuban capital from Newark, New Jersey and Saturday nonstop service from Houston with both services subject to government approval. Clients can begin booking flights to Havana via www.united.com today.
Since the DOT announced its preliminary Havana route awards in July, United has been working closely with the Cuban government to prepare for the start of its operation into Jose Marti International Airport.
United’s services to Havana will mark the company’s 13th new international route launched in 2016. United’s daily nonstop flight from Newark Liberty International Airport will provide an important gateway to Cuba from the Newark/New York City region, the largest metropolitan area in the country and home to the second-largest population of Cuban Americans.
Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport is United’s gateway to Latin America. United offers 91 daily nonstop flights to 52 destinations across Latin America and the Caribbean from its Houston hub. Bush Intercontinental will be an important gateway for service to Havana and will directly connect 20 markets across the central and western United States to Cuba with just one stop. The Cuban-American population in the Houston metropolitan area ranks among the top 10 cities in the country, according to United. United will operate both services with Boeing 737 aircraft.