Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Alaska Airlines Ending Cuba Flights

Alaska Airlines announced on Tuesday that it will end a daily flight between Los Angeles and Havana, Cuba. The last flight is planned for Jan. 22. The airline will redeploy aircraft used to serve Havana to a different market.

"Travel is about making connections, and we were honoured to have played a role in helping people make personal connections by travelling between the U.S. and Cuba," said Andrew Harrison, chief commercial officer for Alaska Airlines. "We continually evaluate every route we fly to ensure we have the right number of seats to match the number of people who want to go there."

About 80 percent of Alaska's flyers to Havana visited under a U.S. allowance for individual "people-to-people" educational travel. Changes to U.S. policy last week eliminated that allowance. Given the changes in Cuba travel policies, the airline will redeploy these resources to other markets the airline serves where demand continues to be strong.

There was a new more friendly and less antagonistic approach to the political relationship between the US and Cuba under the former US President, Obama. However, with the advent of the Trump presidency relations between the two nations are again turning frosty. Alaska Airlines is following a direct request The White House made to all airlines flying to Cuba to cease those operations as soon as practically possible. 

Alaska guests who have travel booked to Havana after Jan. 22 will be rebooked on another airline at no additional cost or offered a full refund.

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