Alaska Airlines receives DOT approval to begin service to Havana, Cuba

Alaska Airlines has been awarded the right to operate commercial service between Los Angeles and Havana, Cuba, the company said.

The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) 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.

Alaska Airlines, together with its regional partners, flies 32 million customers a year to more than 110 cities with an average of 970 daily flights throughout the United States, Canada, Costa Rica and Mexico.