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Southwest Airlines asks for a dozen daily flights to Cuba

Southwest Airlines has applied to operate a dozen flights to Cuba from three airports in Florida.
Southwest Airlines has applied to operate a dozen flights to Cuba from three airports in Florida. aahles@star-telegram.com

Southwest Airlines has applied to operate daily flights on a dozen routes to Cuba.

The Dallas-based carrier said it wants to fly out of three different airports in Florida, with most of the daily service leaving from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood airport.

“We’re ready to add Cuba to our route map and offer this emerging market Southwest’s low fares, bags fly free with no change fees, and our legendary customer service,” said Southwest chief executive Gary Kelly in a statement. “We carry more Florida travelers and more U.S. passengers every day than any other airline, and the service we’re proposing aims to bring maximum value to the greatest number of potential Customers for Cuba air service.”

Southwest applied for six daily flights from Fort Lauderdale to Havana, two daily flights to Varadero and one daily flight to Santa Clara. It also asked to operate two daily flights from Tampa to Havana and one daily flight from Orlando to Havana.

It did not apply for service from its new international terminal in Houston Hobby. International flights are not allowed at Dallas Love Field as part of the restrictions of the Wright Amendment compromise deal.

The company also set up a website, Southwest.com/Cuba, where customers can sign a petition that will be sent to the U.S. Department of Transportation to support Southwest’s application.

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