Southwest Airlines resumes flights to Cuba from Fort Lauderdale

Southwest Airlines resumes flights to Cuba from Fort Lauderdale

HAVANA, Dec. 10th As of February 17, 2022, the Southwest airline will resume a daily flight from Fort Lauderdale Airport, in Florida, to José Martí International Airport, in Havana. Tickets can be purchased now on the airline’s website, where tickets are around $ 800 a round trip ticket.

Southwest becomes the second airline, in addition to JetBlue, to fly to the Cuban capital from that city north of Miami.

It should be noted that currently, it is possible to buy Havana-Fort Lauderdale flights, although the opposite route will have to wait until February.

The new Southwest route joins the daily flights that the airline resumed on December 5 from Tampa. Before then I only flew once a week.

At the beginning of December, the Cuban Airport and Aeronautical Services Company (ECASA) released the list of flights between the United States and Cuba for December, which included an increase in routes by American Airlines, JetBlue and Southwest, the only companies authorized to fly to the island.

Planned air connections between Cuba and the US included a daily American Airlines flight; two daily Jetblue flights from Fort Lauderdale, except Saturdays, the day a Jetblue flight departs from New York; in addition to the aforementioned daily Southwest flights from Tampa.

Most of the flights announced are for Cuban Americans to visit their relatives on the island, since the guidelines entered into force on November 8 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) make it difficult for Cubans to travel to the United States. United.

From that date, only those who have received all doses of coronavirus vaccines approved or authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as well as vaccines that appear on the list, can arrive in the United States. emergency use of the World Health Organization (WHO).

The nationally produced vaccines that have been administered to Cubans do not meet these requirements.

Since December 6, it has been stipulated that those who travel to any North American city must also show a negative test for the coronavirus, carried out less than 24 hours before the flight.