Scheduled Commercial Flights to Cuba Set to Resume

6 U.S. airlines have now been approved to begin the first scheduled flights to Cuba in more than 50 years. American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Silver Airways, Southwest Airlines and Sun Country Airlines have been approved to fly from 5 U.S. cities to 9 Cuban gateways excluding Havana.

Camaguey, Cuba
Camaguey, Cuba

Havana flights will be announced later this summer, with an expected 20 daily flights into the capital planned. Until then, service will begin into a number of Cuba’s smaller, secondary airports. Here are the flights scheduled broken down by individual airline:

American
Daily between Miami and Camaguey and Cienfuegos.
Twice daily between Miami and Holguin, Santa Clara and Varadero.
Flights are proposed to begin in 90 days.

Frontier
Daily between Chicago O’Hare and Santiago de Cuba beginning Oct. 27.
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays between Philadelphia and Camaguey beginning Dec. 15
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays between Philadelphia and Santa Clara beginning Dec. 15.
Weekly flights on Saturdays between O’Hare and Philadelphia and Varadero starting Jan. 7, 2017.

JetBlue
Daily service between Fort Lauderdale and Camaguey, Holguin and Santa Clara beginning Sept. 8.

Silver
From Fort Lauderdale five times weekly other than Mondays and Fridays to Camaguey beginning Sept. 22.
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays to Cayo Coco beginning Nov. 17.
Weekly on Saturdays to Cayo Largo del Sur beginning Dec. 8.
Mondays and Fridays to Cienfuegos beginning Oct. 6.
Daily to Holguin beginning Oct. 20.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays to Manzanillo beginning Dec. 15.
Four times weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays to Varadero beginning Dec. 1.
Daily to Santa Clara beginning Sept. 8.
Daily to Santiago de Cuba beginning Nov. 3.

Southwest
From Fort Lauderdale twice daily to Varadero.
Daily to Santa Clara.
Flights are expected to start within 90 days.

Sun Country
From Minneapolis on Saturdays to Varadero and on Sundays to Santa Clara.
The airline will announce flight schedule timings soon.

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7 Comments

  1. I am a US citizen, and would like to travel under the educational criteria. How would I go about this traveling as a teacher with my family? What paperwork do I need to complete in order to be approved?

    1. Hi Veronica, t this point with commercial flights set to resume shortly and the sanctions relaxing more and more, there’s not that much to do on your end. As a teacher, you’re certainly well versed in putting together educational itineraries – here is a post that you might find useful for planning: https://www.cheapair.com/blog/travel-tips/how-to-travel-to-cuba-without-a-tour-group-in-8-easy-steps/. They key is that you put together a full schedule of educational activities – no lounging around the beach for your group! But things like dining with locals, visiting schools, visiting museums all counts as “person to person” activities. Good luck to you! Commercial flight schedules are coming on line over the next few weeks.

    2. You just need to buy your tickets and your visa you can get from the airline. Upon your return nither ins or customs will ask you anything about your trip. Go and enjoy before it changes.

  2. Hi,

    We are UK citizens and wish to fly to Miami and then do a return trip from Miami to Cuba. I’m getting very mixed messages about whether the flights from the US to Cuba are ONLY for US or Cuban citizens or whether anyone can fly on them. Are you able to help – will we be able to fly from Miami to Cuba and back?
    Many thanks.

    1. Hi Penny, Yes you can fly return from MIA to Cuba. Not a problem. In fact, at the moment, you must fly return. It’s the only way you can get to Cuba from U.S. soil. This is probably going to change very soon – not sure when you’re traveling, but if it’s early next year, you may have additional options (a detour to Mexico from Cuba or other options).

  3. Hi,
    We are from Finland and travelling january 2017 to Miami.
    We would like to fly to Havanna, Cuba, also. I’ve tried to figure out, if it is possible for non us citizen to fly from Miami to Havanna but I have got mixed information. Are you able to help, please.

    1. Hi Sirpa, You can buy a ticket on a U.S. airline now. There are affordable options available. Just choose a reason for travel, but don’t worry too much about which one (it’s a formality for you but an imperative for U.S, citizens). As long as you are not living in the U.S. as a foreign national on a work or student visa, our bureaucratic business is just a formality for you. In any event, the Cuban government doesn’t care where their tourists come from. It is the United States government that can query its citizens when they are returning and attempting to clear immigration. Hopefully this will clear things up for you. Have a great time in Cuba!

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