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Flights to Cuba

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IAD
Washington Dulles
from $280.00
HAV
Havana

Getting around by air

Airlines

In Havana most airline offices are situated in one of two clusters: the Airline Building in Vedado, or in the Miramar Trade Center in Playa.

Cubana (www.cubana.cu), the national carrier, operates regular flights to Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Cancún, Caracas, Madrid, Paris, Toronto, Montreal, São Paulo, San José (Costa Rica) and Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic). Its modern fleet flies major routes and its airfares are usually among the cheapest. However, overbooking and delays are nagging problems. The airline has a zero-tolerance attitude toward overweight luggage, charging stiffly for every kilogram above the 20kg baggage allowance. In terms of safety, Cubana had back-to-back crashes in December 1999, with 39 fatalities, but it hasn't had any major incidents since. You might want to check the latest at www.airsafe.com.

Africa

Direct flights from Africa originate in Luanda, Angola. From all other African countries you'll need to connect in London, Paris, Madrid, Amsterdam or Rome.

TAAG (www.taag.com) Weekly flights from Luanda to Havana.

Asia & Australia

There are no direct flights to Cuba from Australia. Travelers can connect through Europe, Canada, the US or Mexico.

Air China (www.airchina.com) Thrice weekly flights between Beijing and Havana starting in September 2015.

Canada

Flights from Canada serve 10 Cuban airports from 22 Canadian cities. Toronto and Montreal are the main hubs. Other cities are served by direct charter flights. A Nash Travel (www.anashtravel.com), based in Toronto, can sort out any flight/holiday queries.

Air Canada (www.aircanada.com) Flies to Havana, Cayo Coco, Cayo Largo del Sur, Holguín, Santa Clara and Varadero.

Air Transat (www.airtransat.com) Flies to Camagüey, Cayo Coco, Holguín, Santa Clara and Varadero.

CanJet (www.canjet.com) Flies to Camagüey, Cayo Coco, Cayo Largo del Sur, Holguín, Santa Clara, Santiago de Cuba, Varadero.

Sunwing (www.flysunwing.com) Flies to Cayo Coco, Camagüey, Cienfuegos, Manzanillo, Holguín, Santiago de Cuba, Varadero and Havana.

Westjet (www.westjet.com) Calgary-based low-cost carrier serving destinations throughout Canada, flying to Varadero, Cayo Coco, Santa Clara and Holguín.

Caribbean

Cubana and subsidiary Aerocaribbean (www.fly-aerocaribbean.com) are the main airlines. The other three are listed below.

Air Caraibes Airlines (www.aircaraibes.com) Direct flights from Pointe-a-Pitre on the French island of Guadeloupe to Havana.

Bahamasair (www.bahamasair.com) Nassau, in the Bahamas, to Havana.

Cayman Airways (www.caymanairways.com) Grand Cayman to Havana.

Europe & UK

Regular flights to Cuba depart from Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Russia, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.

Aeroflot (www.aeroflot.ru) Moscow to Havana, twice weekly.

Air Europa (www.aireuropa.com) Twice weekly flights from Madrid to Havana.

Air France (www.airfrance.com) Daily flights from Paris-Charles de Gaulle to Havana.

TUI Netherlands (www.tui.nl) Amsterdam to Varadero.

Blue Panorama (www.blue-panorama.com) Milan and Rome to Cayo Largo del Sur, Santa Clara, Santiago, Varadero and Havana.

Condor (www.condor.com) Frankfurt to Holguín, Varadero and Havana.

Edelwiess (www.edelweissair.ch) From Zurich to Holguín and Varadero.

Jetairfly (www.jetairfly.com) Charter flights from Brussels to Varadero.

KLM (www.klm.com) Amsterdam to Havana on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Neos (www.neosair.it) Charter linking Milan with Cayo Largo del Sur, Holguín, Havana and Varadero.

Thomas Cook (www.thomascook.com) Charter flights from London and Manchester to Holguín, Cayo Coco, Santa Clara and Varadero.

Transaero (www.transaero.com) Seasonal charter from Moscow to Havana Varadero.

Virgin Atlantic (www.virgin-atlantic.com) Twice weekly flights from London Gatwick to Havana.

Mexico

Mexico City and Cancún are good places to connect with a wide number of US cities.

Interjet (www.interjet.com.mx) Flights from Mexico City to Havana.

South & Central America

Avianca (www.avianca.com) Flies from Bógota, Colombia into Havana and Varadero.

Conviasa (www.conviasa.aero) Weekly flights from Caracas, Venezuela, to Havana.

Copa Airlines (www.copaair.com) Regular flights linking Panama City with Havana and Santa Clara.

Lan Peru (www.lan.com) Weekly flights from Lima to Havana.

United States

Following moves by the Obama administration to ease travel restrictions to Cuba in early 2015, it is expected that scheduled flights will start running from the US. At the time of print, there were still only a number of regular Special Authority Charter Flights to Cuba from airports in Florida, New York and Atlanta. All flights to Havana's José Martí International Airport land at Terminal 2, rather than at Terminal 3, the main international portal.

The US Department of the Treasury issues a regularly updated list of 'Authorized Travel Service Providers.' Top companies include Cuba Travel Services (www.cubatravelservices.com), ABC Charters (www.abc-charters.com) and Marazul (www.marazulcharters.com). You will be required to furnish the service provider with your license details along with a signed travel affidavit when booking tickets.

Envoy Air (www.aa.com) Subsidiary of American Airlines. Flies from Miami to Camagüey and Santiago de Cuba.

Miami Air International (www.miamiair.com) Charter links between Miami and Havana and Cienfuegos.

Tickets

Since Americans can't buy tickets to Cuba and can't use US-based travel agents, a host of businesses in Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean specialize in air-only deals. They sometimes won't sell you the first leg of your trip to the 'gateway' country for fear of embargo-related repercussions. When booking online, or if an agency requires financial acrobatics to steer clear of US embargo laws (which sometimes happens), be sure to confirm details, take contact names and clarify the procedure. You will need a Cuban tourist card and these agencies should arrange that. Except during peak holiday seasons, you can usually just arrive in Mexico, Bahamas or whatever gateway country and buy your round-trip ticket to Cuba there.

Departure Tax

Everyone must pay a CUC$25 departure tax at the airport. It's payable in cash only.

Airports

Cuba has 10 international airports. The largest by far is José Martí in Havana. The only other sizeable airport is Juan Gualberto Gómez in Varadero.

'Special Authority Charter flights' for legally sanctioned Cuban-Americans currently fly into four Cuban airports from Miami, Tampa, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale and New York.