This fall, United Airlines®customers will have a historic opportunity to board one of the first commercial flights from the United States to Havana, Cuba in more than a half century.

On July 7, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) tentatively awarded the airline nonstop flights to the Cuban capital from its global gateways in New York/Newark and Houston. United is proud of the important and historic role the airline will play in connecting the U.S. and Cuba. By providing access from key, geographically diverse locations, United’s newly awarded routes will help ensure better choice, convenience and competition for travelers between the U.S and Cuba.

Choice, convenience and competition for customers

Along with year-round daily nonstop service from its Newark Liberty International Airport hub – ideally positioned to provide the robust choice that travelers from this significant U.S. market need and deserve – United will offer Saturday nonstop service to customers visiting Havana from its global gateway at Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport.

United’s industry-leading route network fills in service gaps to offer customers convenient connection opportunities to Havana from virtually every major city in the U.S.

United has one of the industry’s youngest fleets, taking delivery of more than 200 new aircraft in the last five years. United also continues to make significant upgrades to its aircraft interiors, including larger overhead bins, more in-seat power outlets and cutting-edge satellite-based Wi-Fi.

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Meeting the public interest

Operating the world’s most comprehensive route network, United was ideally positioned to help meet the Department of Transportation’s objective to “maximize public benefit.“

United presented a proposal that leveraged locations where service makes the most sense and offers the most benefit for customers. United also has a long and rich history of successfully starting new operations in airports around the world.

This service will help facilitate new business development opportunities and the communities hosting these flights stand to see economic benefit including increased tax revenue.

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