United Airlines to start historic nonstop service to Havana

US Department of Transportation has awarded United Airlines (NYSE: UAL) flights to Havana from its global gateways in New York/Newark and Houston, the company said.

The airline said it expects to offer its first flights to Havana by fall 2016

United offers 91 daily nonstop flights to 52 destinations across Latin America and the Caribbean from gateway Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport, United´s gateway to Latin America. In the last four months, United has started service from its San Francisco gateway hub to Tel Aviv, Israel; Xi´an, China; Singapore; Auckland, New Zealand and will launch new service to Hangzhou, China on July 13.

United Airlines and United Express operate an average of nearly 5,000 flights a day to 336 airports across six continents. In 2015, United and United Express operated more than 1.5 million flights carrying more than 140 million customers.