American Airlines has applied to the US Department of Transportation for the rights to operate 14 additional roundtrip flights each week between Miami (MIA) and Havana (HAV). The airline already operates more than 40 return flights a week between the two cities, but its application this week says the additional frequencies will allow it to “improve” those frequencies.
American Airlines relaunches pre-pandemic app for additional Havana flights
The app dates back to late January 2020, but COVID-19 put an end to those plans. Now, the Fort Worth-based airline has filed a new application saying it wants to take those additional frequencies, adding two more departures per day from both cities. In 2020, American Airlines seized the additional frequencies after JetBlue decided to return the frequencies to DOT.
“This would maximize public benefits by increasing capacity at the gateway with the greatest travel demand between the United States and Havana while improving connectivity using the main US network at MIA,” read the August 11 application letter.
American Airlines plans eight round-trip flights per day between Miami and Havana
American Airlines already flies six times a day in both directions on the MIA – HAV route. The airline currently has departures from Miami International at 6:50 a.m., 9:40 a.m., 10:21 a.m., 4:01 p.m., 5:00 p.m. and 6:55 p.m. American Airlines would like to add the 8:00 a.m. and 5:35 p.m. departures to the list. Boeing 737s operate five of the current six daily departures, with a Boeing 787 handling AA2705 pushing back at 10:21 a.m.
From Havana, American Airlines currently has departures at 9:00 a.m., 11:50 a.m., 1:20 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 9:10 p.m. The airline wants to add the 10:13 a.m. and 7:52 p.m. departures to the list. In its 2020 application, American Airlines initially said it planned to operate those additional flights with Boeing 737s. Its updated application suggests there are no plans to change that.
“American has the exemption authority to provide, and in fact currently operates, scheduled foreign air transportation between Miami and Havana”, reads the letter. “The U.S. request remains consistent with the U.S.-Cuba Memorandum of Understanding signed on February 16, 2016, for scheduled air transportation services, which allows U.S. carriers to operate up to 20 daily round-trip frequencies for scheduled air services. regular handsets to and from Havana.”
American Airlines plans to operate nearly 100 return flights to six Cuban destinations per week by the end of the year. Image: gcmap.com
American Airlines strengthens its Cuban network
American Airlines currently only flies to Havana from Miami. However, the airline also recently received clearance to resume flights in November to Varadero (VRA), Santa Clara (SNU), Camaguey (CMW), Holguín (HOG) and Santiago de Cuba (SCU). The airline got the green light after President Biden reversed a ban on passenger flights between the United States and all Cuban airports except Havana. The ban was introduced in 2019 by President Trump’s administration to increase economic pressure on the Cuban government. American Airlines will operate daily flights from Miami to all new Cuban destinations except Santa Clara, which will be served twice daily.
American Airlines plans to start additional services to Havana as soon as the DOT gives it the go-ahead. With 56 weekly round trips between Miami and Havana likely before Christmas, in addition to the 42 new weekly round trips spread across the five Cuban routes that are resuming, American Airlines will offer 98 weekly round trips from Miami to Cuba from here. the end of the year.