United Airlines has submitted its final procedural filing to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for authority to begin commercial air service to Cuba from its global gateways in Newark/New York, Houston, Washington and Chicago to Havana´s JosÃ© MartÃ International Airport in Cuba.
Last week´s US government authorization of people-to-people travel to Cuba underscores the benefit of choice and access that United´s proposal for nonstop service to Havana would bring to four of the largest metropolitan areas and Cuban-American populations in the nation.
Steve Morrissey, United´s vice president of regulatory and policy affairs, currently in Cuba as part of the US Chamber of Commerce´s trade delegation, said, “With people-to-people travel to Cuba now authorized, it´s even more important to ensure individuals across the country — not only South Florida — have access to convenient air service to this beautiful and culturally rich country.”
United´s application has received more than 17,000 letters of support from its employees and customers, along with business and cultural leaders and elected officials at all levels of government.
An outpouring of support from cultural institutions in New Jersey, New York, Texas, Washington, D.C. and Illinois sent to US DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx underscores the demand for US-Cuba cultural exchange opportunities from four regions across the country, especially from the metropolitan areas United has applied to serve.
United Airlines and United Express operate an average of nearly 5,000 flights a day to 342 airports across six continents. The common stock of United´s parent, United Continental Holdings, Inc., is traded on the NYSE under the symbol UAL.