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Published on : Monday, April 17, 2017
As the number of U.S. airlines flying to Cuba keeps reducing, Spirit Airlines become the latest to quit regular passenger service to the country. It is now the third U.S. carrier to do so after similar announcements earlier this year from Frontier and Silver Airways.
The Havana-Fort Lauderdale flights of Spirit Airlines will end on May 31. American and JetBlue Airlines are also in the pipeline which are reducing capacity to Cuba, however have not dropped any routes there. Spirit’s decision to exit Cuba comes only about eight months after regular passenger flights resumed for the first time in nearly 50 years.
Routes and capacity to the island were capped when Cuba opened up to U.S. airlines last year. Also, carriers had to apply for the rights to serve the Cuba’s international airports. Nearly all of the big U.S. airlines rushed in with requests to fly to the island – especially on routes to Havana.
South Florida travellers will still have numerous options for non-stop flights to Havana even after Spirit’s break in service. American and Delta each fly to Havana from Miami while JetBlue and Southwest fly there from Fort Lauderdale.