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8 Airlines Win Tentative Approval For Direct Flights To Havana (Video)

An American Airlines airplane prepares to land at Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuba September 19, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins/File Photo

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.

The flights to Cuba’s capital would be the latest step closer for the former Cold War foes.

By  JEFF MASON AND JEFFREY DASTINReuters, excerpt posted on  SouthFloridaReporter.com July 8, 2016

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