From snowballs and glaciers to beans, rice and a soft breeze off the Gulf of Mexico, your trip to Cuba is about to get a bit more convenient.
Alaska Airlines has been awarded tentative approval to fly direct from Los Angeles to Havana.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Thursday that eight U.S. airlines have been tentatively approved to offer flights from the mainland to Havana.
Twelve U.S. airlines applied to provide the 20 daily flights allowed under an agreement between governments.
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Collectively, the airlines applied for “nearly 60 flights per day,” according to a department release early Thursday.
“We were planning, hoping and crossing our fingers and toes,” said Alaska Airlines spokeswoman Bobbie Egan on Thursday.
“We’re thrilled,” she said.
An effective date has yet to be decided for the Alaska flight, which will originate in Seattle with a stop in Los Angeles. The same plane will continue on to Havana, Egan said.
“We’re still waiting for regulatory approval from the U.S. government and the Cuban government. We’re not exactly over the finish line,” she said. “We’re certainly hopeful we can begin by the end of the year, pending government approval.”
Other carriers receiving approval for a Havana flight include American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines and United Airlines.
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