Southwest Airlines floats into Havana from two Floridian cities

Southwest Airlines’ Tampa to Havana.

Tampa Airport celebrated the start of Southwest Airlines’ flights to Havana, the Floridian city’s first Cuban connection, with this fantastic cake shaped like the Caribbean island. Pictured with the cake are Chris Minner, VP of Marketing, Tampa International Airport and Gary Kelly, CEO of Southwest Airlines. The airline will offer daily flights between Tampa and the Cuban capital on its 737-700s.

To celebrate Southwest Airlines’ arrival into Havana, a ribbon cutting was performed. Carrying out the honours was Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly. The airline will link Havana to Tampa daily and Fort Lauderdale twice-daily.

  • Southwest Airlines launched flights to its third Cuban destination on 12 December – Havana (HAV). The airline will link the Cuban capital with daily flights from Tampa (TPA) and twice-daily from Fort Lauderdale (FLL), with both being served by its 737-700s. Southwest Airlines commenced its first flights to Cuba in August with a connection between Fort Lauderdale and Santa Clara, while a route to Varadero followed after. The 554-kilometre link between Tampa and Havana is not yet served, however flights on the 410-kilometre sector from Fort Lauderdale to the Cuban capital have already been inaugurated by JetBlue Airways and Spirit Airlines, with both already serving the city pair with 27 weekly flights combined. See how Havana Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.

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