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Delta is resuming flights to Cuba next year

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Delta has confirmed that it plans to restart service to Havana in the first half of next year following the route’s suspension in March 2022. The route will operate twice daily from Miami and will link into Delta’s service from ten other US airports.

Delta’s Havana service

Delta will resume its flights to Havana from 10 April 2023 and as things stand, this is the planned schedule:

DL1787 MIA 09:05 – 10:20 HAV (Daily)
DL1788 MIA 11:55 – 13:05 HAV (Daily)

DL1789 HAV 13:40 – 15:00 MIA (Daily)
DL1790 HAV 16:25 – 17:35 MIA (Daily)

The flights will be operated by Delta’s A320 aircraft which offer its First Class, Delta Comfort+ and Main Cabin products.

The US Government’s ridiculous stance on travel to Cuba

Delta may well be restarting services to Cuba, but you may or may not be able to make the most of the flights. The US government doesn’t really know what its stance on travel to Cuba is and so it has come up with a truly idiotic law that is supposed to tell us what the rules are.

Here’s what you’ll find on the US Embassy in Cuba’s website:

Travel to Cuba for tourist activities remains prohibited by statute. However, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has issued general licenses for 12 categories of travel.

Individuals who meet the regulatory conditions of the general license they seek to travel under do not need to apply for an additional license from OFAC to travel to Cuba.

The 12 categories of authorized travel to Cuba are:

  • Family visits
  • Official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations
  • Journalistic activity;
  • Professional research and professional meetings;
  • Educational activities;
  • Religious activities;
  • Public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions;
  • Support for the Cuban people;
  • Humanitarian projects;
  • Activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes;
  • Exportation, importation, or transmission of information or informational materials; and
  • Certain authorized export transactions.

What utter garbage!

Just look at how broad some of those criteria are!

Are bloggers who visit Cuba (and then write about how they did it with miles/points) doing “journalistic activity”?

Isn’t everyone who goes to Cuba and spends money there fulfilling the criteria of “support for the Cuban people”?

Who defines what an “educational activity” is? Isn’t anything that expands the mind (e.g. travel) an “educational activity”?

It’s pathetic. Really, really pathetic… and it’s embarrassing.

It’s a perfect example of a law that has been hijacked by self-interested (and very rich) groups that have far too much influence over government policy.

Bottom line

Delta is returning to Havana from April 2023 with a twice daily service to the Cuban capital. Travelers wishing to visit Havana will have to jump through a few idiotic hoops set up by the US government, but as the criteria for visiting Havana are so broad, it wouldn’t surprise me to find out that absolutely everybody can get permission to fly.

If you’d like to fly to Havana and are having issues, claim you’re on a religious mission and let’s see them tell you that you can’t fly then 🙂

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