U.S. Department of Transportation Approves American Airlines U.S.-Cuba Services
On July 13, 2022, the Department granted authority to American Airlines for its proposed scheduled passenger flights between Miami and the following five Cuban points, beginning in November 2022:
- Camagüey, Cuba – daily
- Holguín, Cuba – daily
- Matanzas/Varadero, Cuba – daily
- Santa Clara, Cuba – twice daily and
- Santiago de Cuba, Cuba – daily
This is the Department’s first approval of a U.S. air carrier seeking to increase scheduled air services to Cuba since the Biden-Harris Administration’s announcement in May of new steps to support the Cuban people and strengthen ties between our citizens. This change will make it easier for families to visit their relatives in Cuba and for authorized U.S. travelers to engage with the Cuban people, attend meetings, and conduct research.
On June 1, 2022, the Department revoked certain U.S.-Cuba air services restrictions. Under the terms of this approval, American Airlines is required to begin its new services within 90 days of its proposed November startup dates. Interested parties may view American Airlines’ application and the Department’s decision online at www.regulations.gov, Docket DOT-OST-2022-0073.