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havana-live-havanaAirHAVANA, August  11 Houston will have to wait a little longer for direct flights to Cuba.

When Miami-based HavanaAir first announced the flights last month, the private airline said flights were expected to begin in August. However, the Houston Airport System was still working with the airline on final details, HAS spokesman Bill Begley told the Houston Business Journal at the time.

Now, Begley tells the Houston Chronicle flights might begin sometime in September, though there still isn’t a definitive start date yet.
HavanaAir plans to utilize Miami-based Eastern Air Lines Group Inc.’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft for the flights, which will operate on Wednesdays between Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Havana.

The airlines also partnered to operate two flights a day to Havana from Miami, with additional flights to the Cuban cities of Santa Clara and Camaguey.
A spokesman for Eastern Air Lines did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
President Barack Obama restored diplomatic relations with Cuba earlier this year. Americans authorized to travel to Cuba for various reasons — such as family visits, official U.S. government business, journalism, education and more — do not need to apply for special licenses.
However, general tourism is still not allowed, according to the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s website.
http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2015/08/11/flights-from-houston-to-havana-not-ready-for.html

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HAVANA,  July  17  Miami-based HavanaAir will begin weekly direct flights from Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport to Havana, Cuba, in August.

The private airline will utilize Miami-based Eastern Air Lines Group Inc.’s Boeing 737-800 aircraft for the flights, which will operate on Wednesdays.

The airline currently operates two flights a day to Havana from Miami, with additional flights to Santa Clara and Camaguey, Cuba.

The Houston Airport System is still working with the airline on final details, said Bill Begley, spokesman for HAS.
President Obama restored diplomatic relations with Cuba earlier this year. Americans authorized to travel to Cuba for various reasons — such as family visits, official U.S. government business, journalism, education and more — do not need to apply for special licenses. However, general tourism is still not allowed, according to the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s website.

The Houston Airport System has been eager to fly to Cuba for months.

In May, Mario Diaz, director of the Houston Airport System, told HBJ that the airports were in discussions with at least three carriers to fly to Cuba.

In January, Chicago-based United Airlines spoke of its eagerness to offer routes from Houston, but flights depended on the government’s decision on general travel.

Embassies are scheduled to open in Cuba this month, but the travel and trade embargo are likely to stay in place.

http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2015/07/16/flights-from-houston-to-cuba-announced.html