Southwest Assesses Launching Regular Flights to Cuba Amid Air Service Deal

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US low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines is currently assessing the possibility of launching regular flights to Cuba, airline’s spokesman Brad Hawkins told Sputnik on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, the US Department of Transportation announced Washington and Havana reached an agreement to reestablish scheduled air service between the two countries.

“We’re excited about the possibility of bringing Southwest’s low fares and legendary Customer service to flights between Cuba and our existing network of 97 cities across eight countries. Today’s signed agreement allows us to engage in a process to consider that service,” Hawkins said.

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The spokesman continued that Southwest Airlines is “actively evaluating scenarios that work within our current growth plans.”

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The Department of Transportation invited US airlines to provide applications for scheduled passenger and cargo flights between the two countries by March 2.

Air service between the United States and Cuba was non-existent for more than 50 years. The new US policy of reengagement with Cuba is a part of President Barack Obama’s plan he announced in late 2014 to normalize relations between the two countries.

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