Three U.S. Airlines Apply to Start Service to Cuba

Three U.S. carriers -- American Airlines, JetBlue and United Airlines -- have applied to the U.S. Dept. of Transportation to provide service between the U.S. and Cuba. Their actions come two weeks after the two countries agreed to re-establish commercial flights for the first time in five decades.

American Airlines proposes to operate 10 daily flights to Havana from its Latin America gateway hub in Miami and additional service to Havana from the carrier's hubs in Charlotte, N.C.; Dallas/Fort Worth; Los Angeles, and Chicago. American's proposal also includes daily service between Miami and five other Cuban cities: Camaguey, Cienfuegos, Holguin, Santa Clara and Varadero. The airline has not projected when service would start.

JetBlue has applied to fly 15 daily flights between the two countries. The routes proposed are between New York JFK and Havana; Fort Lauderdale and Havana; Fort Lauderdale and Camaguey; Fort Lauderdale and Holguin; Fort Lauderdale and Santa Clara; Orlando and Havana; Tampa and Havana; Newark and Havana, and Boston and Havana. JetBlue anticipates a start date of Sept. 8, 2016, or within 100 days after receipt of all necessary approvals, whichever is earlier.

United Airlines submitted a formal application to provide 11 roundtrip flights per week to Havana from four of its largest U.S. gateway cities: Newark/New York; Houston; Washington, D.C.; and Chicago. The carrier has not projected a start date.