United Airlines has Cuba on its radar with the airline submitting a formal application to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for permission to provide service from four of its largest US gateway cities – Newark/New York, Houston, Washington, D.C. and Chicago – to Havana’s José Martí International Airport.
If approved, United will be one of the first US airlines to offer customers daily, non-stop scheduled service to Cuba.
“This is a historic moment for our company, our employees and, most importantly, our customers,” said United president Oscar Munoz. “We want to be the first choice for passengers travelling between the US and Cuba. We’re able to offer customers the best access, convenience and connections to and from Havana through our industry-leading global route network, and we’re excited to compete for this important service.”