Alaska Airlines awarded right for service to Cuba

    JUNEAU, Alaska (KINY) - Alaska Airlines was awarded the right to operate commercial service between Los Angeles and Havana, Cuba last week.

    The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) officially approved Alaska’s application to begin service to the Cuban capital, which still must be approved by the Cuban government before tickets can go on sale.

    Once Alaska receives official approval from the Cuban government, the airline will determine when to begin service.

    The Alaska Airlines flight will originate in Seattle with same plane service to Los Angeles and then Havana.

    Traveling to Cuba involves advance planning. The U.S. government doesn’t allow Americans to visit Cuba strictly for tourism – U.S. citizens are permitted to travel to Cuba if they fall under 12 approved categories, such as family visits, education, journalism and humanitarian projects.

    Learn more about the travel requirements and travel tips to Cuba here.

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