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Delta plans to continue Havana flights under Trump’s new Cuba policy

Delta Air Lines, which launched scheduled flights to Cuba last December, said it will continue to fly from Atlanta, New York and Miami to Havana, and will comply with changes in regulations announced by the Trump Administration.

The Trump Administration announced Friday its plans to discontinue individual people-to-people travel to Cuba, while continuing to allow group people-to-people travel. But the new policy wouldn’t take effect immediately: It directs the Treasury Secretary to change the regulations, so the changes would take effect after the process of creating the new regulations. 

Atlanta-based Delta’s historic launch of flights to Cuba Dec. 1 marked its resumption of scheduled service to Cuba after pulling out of the country in 1961. The airline also opened a ticket office in Havana in early November, the first U.S. airline to do so.

Delta in recent years had offered charter flights to Cuba, but canceled the service due to weak demand. 

Before the scheduled service launched, Atlantans generally flew to Miami and took a charter flight from there, which was less convenient.

While many airlines launched flights to Cuba with the liberalization last year, some carriers have already canceled service. Delta has continued its three routes to Havana.


AJC Business reporter Kelly Yamanouchi keeps you updated on the latest news about Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Delta Air Lines and the airline industry in metro Atlanta and beyond. You'll find more on, including these stories:

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