DOT awards American Airlines rights to operate scheduled flights to Cuba

American Airlines (NASDAQ: AAL) has commended the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) for awarding it the right to operate scheduled service between Miami and five cities in Cuba — Camaguey, Cienfuegos, Holguin, Santa Clara and Varadero, the company said.

New flights are expected to begin in September and will represent American´s first scheduled service to Cuba.

Per the DOT order, American is approved to operate two daily flights between Miami and Holguin, Santa Clara and Varadero, and one daily flight between Miami and Camaguey and Cienfuegos. The Holguin and Santa Clara flights will be operated with a Boeing 737-800 and the Camaguey, Cienfuegos and Varadero flights will be operated with an Airbus A319.

American´s service proposal to DOT also requested 10 daily frequencies from Miami to Havana and additional service to Havana from Charlotte, Dallas Fort Worth, Chicago and Los Angeles. American stands ready to begin service to Havana at the earliest possible opportunity.

American Airlines and American Eagle offer an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries.