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With Spirit and Frontier pulling out of Havana service, many of the remaining US airlines serving Cuba are trying to grab up those slots. I personally wouldn’t get too excited about even more Havana service from South Florida, but I am very interested in United’s application to bump up their Saturday-only Houston service to daily service!
Currently United has daily service from Newark – Havana and Saturday-only service from Houston to Havana. They have reported numerous times that they are happy with the results of their Cuba service thus far, and it would make lots of sense to have daily flights from Houston in addition to Newark since the entire US can’t reasonably connect in Newark to get to Havana on the other six days of the week. This would open up many logical connections from the middle and western half of the country to get to Havana.
United would like to start the daily service from Houston on October 28, 2017, and operate a mix of a 737 and a E175 regional jet to adjust to demand. They also recently opened up a ticket office in Havana. Houston to Havana round trips on United generally start at a little less than $500 or 35,000 miles each, but with daily service I would really cross my fingers for some sales on lower demand days!
Of course United is not the only airline fighting some of the slots freed up with Spirit and Frontier’s departure, and notably JetBlue is again trying for a nonstop Saturday flight from Boston to Havana, which would also be fun to see. Have you flown to Cuba yet, or is it still on your travel to-do list?
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