The United States has tentatively approved flights on eight U.S. airlines to Havana as early as this autumn, with American Airlines Group Inc., receiving the largest share of the limited routes, the Transportation Department said on Thursday.
The decision, about a year after the United States and Cuba re-established diplomatic relations, includes 35 flights per week on American, the biggest U.S. airline in Latin America by flights. Its rival for Caribbean travel, JetBlue Airways Corp, was granted 27.
The department expects to reach a final decision on the routes later this summer. It also recommended flights to Havana on Delta Air Lines Inc, United Continental Holdings Inc, Southwest Airlines Co, Alaska Air Group Inc, Spirit Airlines Inc and Frontier Airlines.