Delta Air Lines will resume flights to Havana in the spring, for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, that is, since March 2020.
“Delta returned to the Cuban market in 2016 after a 55-year hiatus, but suspended service in March 2020 due to COVID-19,” — Delta said in a statement. “In line with continued strong demand, Delta remains committed to fully rebuilding its network by next summer.”
Flights will be operated on an Airbus A320 aircraft in a three-cabin configuration: First Class, Delta Comfort+ and Economy Class. Passengers will be able to send free mobile messages via iMessage, WhatsApp and other messengers.
Delta joins JetBlue and American Airlines who have received permission to fly to Cuba. Recall that the Biden administration some time ago allowed commercial and charter flights to regions outside of Havana.
Americans are not allowed to come to Cuba as tourists, but there are other ways to visit the country legally. Earlier this year, Biden reinstated group educational travel.
Individual travel currently remains prohibited, although it was approved by the Obama administration in 2015 as part of efforts to restore diplomatic relations between the countries. Later, travel to Liberty Island was also allowed on cruise ships.
However, in 2017, the Trump administration first banned cruises, and then all flights to Cuba except Havana.
Currently, Americans can to visit Cuba under the “Support for the Cuban People” program, which includes full-time visits to independent organizations and support for “individuals and non-governmental organizations that promote independent activities aimed at strengthening civil society in Cuba.”