U.S. Airline Companies Have Sights on Cuba

Ever since I saw the musical Guys and Dolls—several scenes of which take place in Havana—I’ve always dreamed of going to Cuba, and it looks like that dream might finally become a reality. CNN is reporting that many of the United States’ major airlines have signed up to fly to Cuba. American, Alaska, Delta, Southwest, United, and JetBlue have all submitted applications to the U.S. government in hopes of flying commercially to the island, and the government will allow 20 daily round-trip flights between the U.S. and Havana and 10 daily round-trip flights to nine other Cuban cities with international airports. The Department of Transportation will make a decision this summer, but the airlines’ number of flight requests exceeds the government’s cap, so some will be turned down. Additionally, the decades-old U.S. embargo still stands, so tourists are not technically allowed to fly into Cuba. In order to travel into the Caribbean country, you must meet specific criteria, which include family visits, government work, journalism, professional research, humanitarian work, and education. Still, this is a promising step in the right direction.

If you have plans to travel to Cuba, you’ll need a guidebook to help you figure out what to do.

Have you been to Cuba? Would you like to go?