Delta Airlines announced Wednesday that it will start flights to Cuba Dec. 1.
The announcement comes the same day a JetBlue flight from Fort Lauderdale, Florida made history by landing on the island. According to CNN it was the first direct commercial flight from the U.S. to Cuba in more than 50 years.
Delta – which has a major hub at Minneapolis – St. Paul International – will start flights in a few months. It’ll offer non-stop flights to Havana, but not from Minnesota.
The airline’s direct flights there will leave from Atlanta, Miami and New York–JFK.
If you want to catch one of those flights, tickets will be available starting Sept. 10, according to a news release.
But you could still eventually catch a nonstop flight from Minnesota because Sun Country got the OK to fly to the island.
Back in June, Sun Country said Minneapolis was set to have once-a-week trips to Santa Clara and Matanzas.
Sun Country initially said its flights could start as early as this fall. There’s no official word yet on when that’ll happen, though.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has also finalized which eight U.S. airlines will be able to fly to Havana – Cuba’s capital city. Those airlines are Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit, and United.
Adding flights to Cuba is part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to normalize relations with the country.
So earlier this year, the U.S. government signed an agreement with Cuba to resume commercial flights between the two counties.
Several commercial airlines applied to be among the first to offer flights from the U.S. to Cuba. Sun Country was the only one that bid on nonstop flights from Minnesota, though.
There are still a lot of travel restrictions. Like, you can’t just go for fun.
There are 12 acceptable reasons for travel, including family visits, government business, journalism, professional research or meetings, education, religious actives, and humanitarian projects. For the full detailed list, click here and scroll to page 10.