havana-livew-unitedHAVANA, 16 January  United Airlines plans to offer flights from Houston to Cuba, pending government approval.

A United spokesperson told NBC News, “We plan to serve Cuba, subject to government approvals, and look forward to doing so from our global gateways of Newark and Houston.”The flights would most likely travel from Bush Intercontinental Airport to Havana.
There is no word yet on how long government approval may take.
Americans will be able to visit Cuba without first seeking a license from the Treasury Department, so long as the travel meets certain criteria.

The new regulations will take effect Friday, according to the U.S. Treasury. President Barack Obama originally announced the change in U.S. policy on Cuba on Dec. 17, as part of a larger deal that secured the release of Alan Gross, an American government subcontractor who was imprisoned on the island for five years.