Airlines bring their Cuba flights to an end

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Alaska Airlines is the latest, blaming US policy changes

Airlines are dropping their once much-heralded flights to Cuba, especially as the changes in US policy continue.

Alaska Airlines is the latest to cease flights to the island, saying it will stop its daily Los Angeles-Havana route on January 22, just a year after it started. It will deploy planes used on the service to markets with higher demand.

“About 80% of Alaska’s flyers to Havana visited under a US allowance for individual ‘people-to-people’ educational travel. Changes to US policy last week eliminated that allowance,” the Seattle-based carrier complained in a statement.

Varied approaches
Alaska’s decision follows American Airlines dropping some flights between Miami and Holguin, Santa Clara and Varadero earlier this year. Southwest stopped its own Varadero and Santa Clara routes in September, leaving only Havana.

But United is bucking the trend, recently applying to increase its frequencies between Houston and Havana. Of the other US airlines, Delta flies daily to Havana from Miami, Atlanta and New York, while JetBlue flies from Fort Lauderdale to Havana, Santa Clara, Holguin and Camaguey.

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