November 15, 2017
Alaska Airlines will Stop Flying to Cuba in January
Alaska Airlines is ending daily flights from Los Angeles to Havana, Cuba on January 22, 2018. This isn’t much of a surprise considering U.S. flights to Cuba were already operating at overcapacity and the Trump administration recently announced new travel restrictions to the island nation. The new restrictions require that Americans visit Cuba with an official tour group and bans them from doing business with certain Cuban businesses, including a long list of hotels.
Alaska’s Chief Commercial Officer said, “Travel is about making connections, and we were honored to have played a role in helping people make personal connections by traveling between the U.S. and Cuba.”
About 80% of Alaska’s passengers visited Cuba under the U.S.’s people to people education allowance. Since the new restrictions eliminate that allowance, there just isn’t enough demand to justify these flights anymore. Alaska passengers already booked on flights after January 22 will be rebooked on other airlines for free.