Alaska Airlines will launch 1X-daily service to Los Angeles-Havana service on Jan. 5, 2017, the Seattle-based carrier announced Sep. 27. It will be the only nonstop Boeing 737-900 flight to Cuba from the U.S. west coast.
Of the eight airlines, in addition to Alaska's announcement, four have already announced start dates for Havana service.
Chicago-based United Airlines will begin 1X-daily nonstop Havana service from Newark, New Jersey, on Nov. 29.
Beginning Dec. 1, Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines will launch 1X-daily nonstop service to Havana from Atlanta, Miami and New York-JFK, as will Florida-based low-cost-carrier (LCC) Spirit Airlines, with 2X-daily nonstop service from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), and Denver-based LCC Frontier Airlines, with 1X-daily Miami-Havana flights.
Fort Worth, Texas-based American Airlines has not released an official start-date announcement as yet, but the airline has already put tickets for its 4X-daily service from Miami on sale, with a start date of Nov. 28. American will fly a Boeing 737-800 on the route.
The two remaining airlines -- New York-based JetBlue Airways and Dallas-based Southwest Airlines -- have yet to announce specific start dates for their respective Havana flights.
All flights remain subject to approval by Cuban aviation authorities.
Mark Nensel, ATW Daily News