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Southwest Airlines to begin Cuba flights in November


Southwest Airlines plans to begin flights to Cuba in November from Fort Lauderdale airport.

The Dallas-based carrier said service between Fort Lauderdale and Varadero, Cuba will start on November 13. It plans to launch service to Havana from Fort Lauderdale and Tampa on December 12.

“Cuba will be the ninth country on our route map and Havana will mark Southwest’s 100th city, a significant and proud milestone,” said Southwest chief executive Gary Kelly.

The airline is offering special $59 one-way fares for its Cuba flights. Details on flights to Santa Clara, Cuba, will be announced at a later date, Southwest said.

Southwest is one of several U.S. airlines that were awarded routes to Cuba by the U.S. Department of Transportation this summer. The first commercial, regularly-scheduled flight in more than 50 years arrived in Cuba in August as JetBlue operated a flight from Fort Lauderdale to Santa Clara.

Andrea Ahles: 817-390-7631, @Sky_Talk