After months of planning and anticipation, the first flight from Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) to Havana departed yesterday, connecting Cuba to Texas’ largest city and United’s premier Latin American gateway.
United will operate Saturday nonstop flights from Houston in addition to its daily nonstop service from Newark/New Yorkvia Newark International Airport (EWR).
“United has officially launched our first flights from the U.S. into Havana,” said Steve Morrissey, United’s vice president of regulatory and policy. “Houston has long been our Latin American and Caribbean gateway, so the importance of this route, for both our airline, employees and our customers, can’t be understated. It has the power to open the door to Cuba for travelers in a large portion of the U.S., and that’s something that we’re very excited about.”
Since the DOT announced its preliminary Havana route awards in July, United has been working closely with the Cuban government and local airport service providers to prepare for the start of its operation into José Martí International Airport, the airline’s 14th new international route launched this year.
Recognized by “Trusted Traveler Network” as one of the most international-friendly points of entry for foreign travelers, Houston Bush Intercontinental Airport is United’s gateway to Latin America. United offers 91 daily nonstop flights to 52 destinations across Latin America and the Caribbean from its Houston hub. Bush Intercontinental will be an important gateway for service to Havana and will directly connect 20 markets across the central and western United States to Cuba with just one stop. The Cuban-American population in the Houston metropolitan area ranks among the top ten cities in the country.
United’s daily nonstop flight from Newark Liberty International Airport will provide an important gateway to Cuba from the Newark/New York City region, the largest metropolitan area in the country and home to the second-largest population of Cuban Americans. For more than 20 years, United has offered the Newark/New York City region the most flights to the most destinations around the world.
United will operate both services with Boeing 737 aircraft.