Havana oh-no-no or whatever Camila Cabello said!
Delta Air Lines and United Airlines were allowed by the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) on Tuesday to temporarily delay resuming flights to Cuba while they address logistical problems.
In its announcement, the USDOT said United will be required to resume service by December 1, 2023, and Delta by March 26, 2023. Just last month, United said it had been working for months to relaunch Havana service, while Delta also acknowledged difficulties.
Delta is working to relaunch flights but “needs additional time to ensure reintroduction of safe, efficient, and sustainable service to Havana.” Meanwhile, United says it will “undertake significant work including re-negotiating multiple contracts with service providers that have lapsed, building out necessary infrastructure in Terminal 3 at Havana’s airport where United is being relocated.”
Previously, United operated seven flights weekly to Havana from Houston and Newark hubs. Delta operates 21 weekly flights from the US to Cuba, of which 14 are from Miami and 7 from Atlanta. Due to the pandemic, Delta suspended the Miami flights and plans to resume them.
Flight restrictions to Cuba were lifted earlier this year, and President Biden agreed to expand Havana flights last month, with American Airlines adding 13 weekly departures and JetBlue adding a weekly flight.