US gives tentative OK to flights to Cuba from 10 US cities


WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government has tentatively approved scheduled commercial airline service to Havana from 10 U.S. cities — a major step in President Barack Obama’s effort to normalize relations with Cuba.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says eight U.S. airlines will begin a total of 20 scheduled daily flights as early as this fall between the U.S. and the Cuban capital.

The U.S. cities are: Atlanta; Charlotte, North Carolina; Houston; Los Angeles; Newark, New Jersey; New York; and four in Florida — Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa.

The airlines are Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit, and United.

The decision won’t be final until later this summer — so there’s time for the public to comment.

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