Street musicians playing traditional Cuban music on the street in old Havana, Cuba.

Street musicians playing traditional Cuban music on the street in old Havana, Cuba.
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Delta to restart flights to Cuba in spring

Global News Travel Essentials USA

After a three year pause on flights to the island due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Delta Airlines has announced the route will resume in spring of this year.

US airline Delta formerly offered regular flights to Cuba, which was off limit to Americans for many years due to ongoing political tensions. They started again in 2016, but after just four years, the airline was forced to put the route on hold during the last two years due to the pandemic, when strict travel restrictions were introduced.

Now, however, Delta will be re-launching a twice-daily service between Miami and Havana, beginning on April 10, 2023. Flights from the US will leave Miami at 9:05 am and 13:40 pm, while flights on the opposite leg will depart Havana at 11:55 am and 16:25 pm each day. Fares on the route will begin at $569 return for coach, although the service will have optional First Class Domestic and Delta Comfort upgrades available, and passengers will have access to free streaming services, WiFi and messaging onboard. First-class passengers will also enjoy food from brands such as Kate’s Real Food and Du Nord. Tickets have already been made available on the Delta website.

Cuba is the only international destination served by Delta at Miami International Airport, although four other airlines offer flights between Florida and Cuba, which are Southwest, American Airlines and JetBlue. With the re-introduction of this route, passengers from Havana will be able to fly to ten destinations across the US. Early in 2022, President Joe Biden announced plans to improve the US relationship with Cuba by making it easier to travel to the island, following changes made by Donald Trump, which imposed heavy travel restrictions.

However, American travellers still must apply for visas to visit Cuba and should consult the US Embassy website for up-to-date requirements. Currently, the rules allow group and educational travel to Cuba, which also applies to organised tours. There are twelve categories which are acceptable for visitors to Cuba, including official government business, journalism, and religious activities.

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