Alaska Airlines will Begin Flying to Havana on Jan. 5, 2017

Alaska Airlines will Begin Flying to Havana on Jan. 5, 2017

Alaska Airlines will launch historic new flight to Havana, Cuba on Jan. 5, 2017. The daily nonstop flight from Los Angeles is among the first regularly scheduled commercial flights to the island country in more than 50 years, and is the only nonstop flight to Cuba from the West Coast.

“This is a historic year for U.S. travelers, who can now fly to Cuba from the U.S. on scheduled commercial service for the first time in more than 50 years,” said Andrew Harrison, Alaska’s chief commercial officer. “We’d like to thank the U.S. Department of Transportation for providing Alaska Airlines the opportunity to operate the only daily, nonstop flight from the West Coast toCuba.”

The flights were awarded by the DOT in August, and remain subject to approval by the Cuban aviation authorities.

Schedule of new service:

Start date

City pair

Departs

Arrives

Frequency

Jan. 5

Los Angeles-Havana

8:50 a.m.

4:55 p.m.

Daily

Jan. 5

Havana-Los Angeles

5:55 p.m.

8:45 p.m.

Daily

All times based on local time zones

Travel to Cuba requires advance planning. The U.S. government does not currently allow U.S. citizens or travelers flying on U.S. airlines to visit Cuba strictly for tourism. Travelers must fall into one of 12 approved categories, including family visits, educational activities and public performances or exhibitions.

To aid customers interested in visiting Cuba, Alaska is working with Cuba Travel Services, the leading travel company serving the destination with more than 17 years of experience. Customers are encouraged to contact Cuba Travel Services for assistance securing travel visas, hotel lodging, and ground transportation and creating itineraries, among other things.

“We are proud to build a new partnership with Alaska Airlines and excited to contribute in their efforts,” said Michael Zuccato, General Manager at Cuba Travel Services.

Check out Alaska Airlines blog: So you want to go to Cuba: Here’s how

Tickets for the new routes will go on sale today with fares starting from $229. To purchase tickets, visit www.alaskaair.com to find great savings, or call 1-800-ALASKAAIR (800-252-7522 or Hearing & Speech Impaired (TTY): Dial 711 for Relay Services).

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