Delta Air Lines announced on Wednesday that it is adding a second nonstop flight between Miami and Havana, Cuba starting on October 28, 2018.
The service will be operated five times per week with an Airbus A320. The planes will have room for 157 passengers. There will be room for 16 travellers in First Class; 18 passengers in Delta Comfort+; and 123 in Economy Class.
“Because Miami is an important market for Delta we want to offer more options to our customers,” said Luciano Macagno, Delta’s Managing Director — Latin America and the Caribbean. “The new flight provides our customers with an evening departure from both points in addition to the current morning flight out of Miami and Havana, where we are about to mark our second year of renewed service.”
Delta flight DL513 will depart Miami at 19:50 and arrive in Havana at 21:00. The return flight, DL527, will leave Havana at 22:00 and arrive in Miami at 23:05.
Delta celebrated the one-year anniversary of its return to the Cuban market last year. The US Department of Transportation allowed Delta to begin flying regularly scheduled services to Cuba on August 31, 2016; Delta began flying between Cuba and three US destinations (New York JFK, Atlanta, and Miami) on December 1 of that year. Delta was the first US carrier to open a City Ticket Office in Havana’s La Rampa.
Delta is expanding its presence in multiple Caribbean nations besides Cuba. During 2018, Delta has announced services to Antigua & Barbuda starting December 22; a second daily flight to Nassau, The Bahamas starting October 1; new daily service to Kingston, Jamaica starting December 20; and a Saturday service to Port-au-Prince, Haiti beginning December 22.
Multiple US carriers have attempted services to Cuba since the US government began allowing direct flights between the two states in 2016. Most services have since been reigned in to some degree to accommodate for a lack of demand.
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