Delta Air Lines has resumed flights to Havana, Cuba, marking one of the final resumptions of pre-pandemic service to the beleaguered island nation. Even with tourism still technically impermissible, this marks a great time to visit one of the world’s last communist states.
Delta Air Lines Relaunches Havana, Cuba Service
Joining American Airlines, JetBlue, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines, Delta has resumed service to Havana this week with two daily flights from Miami. The flights will be operated by Boeing 737-800 aircraft and operate according to the following schedule:
|Miami at 9:05 a.m.||Havana at 10:20 a.m.||Daily||A320|
|DL1788||Havana at 11:55 a.m.||Miami at 1:05 p.m.||Daily||
|Miami at 1:40 p.m.||Havana at 3:00 p.m.||Daily||A320|
|DL1790||Havana at 4:25 p.m.||Miami at 5:35 p.m.||Daily||
A Good Time To Visit Cuba
I recommend that everyone who can visit Cuba does so. The island nation a mere 90 miles off the coast of the USA and remains a time capsule of a different era, showcasing its failed communist experiment. Visit not because it is charming, but because it serves as an important lesson.
The Cuban people are warm and kind and if you go beyond the surface, you will learn about how much they despise their government. The Cubans I interacted are curious too. With information blackouts, there is still uncertainty over what life is like in the USA. American travelers have teh ability to serve as positive ambassadors, which may eventually help to stimulate internal change within Cuba.
Travel explicitly for tourism is still prohibited, but you can travel to Cuba for the following reasons:
- official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations
- journalistic activity
- professional research and professional meetings
- educational activities
- religious activities
- public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions
- support for the Cuban people
- humanitarian projects
- activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes
- exportation, importation, or transmission of information or informational materials
- certain authorized export transactions.
Delta has resumed flights to Havana and promises more service to Cuba in the days ahead. Joining other US carriers, most pre-pandemic service to the Cuban capital has now been restored.
As soon as Cubana starts flying its IL-96 again, I will be traveling to Cuba myself. Until then, do consider a trip there: it is an eye-opener.