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Man, airlines cannot make Cuba work right now! We’ve seen downguages and reductions in service, as well as outright cancelations of service. Now, Spirit is getting in on the action.


Currently, Spirit flies once to twice daily on its Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) – Havana (HAV) route. According to the Sun-Sentinel, service will start to be impacted on May 3rd, with the final flight leaving Ft. Lauderdale May 31st.

Effective May 3-23, the Havana service will operate once-daily only, but will revert to its twice-daily schedule from May 24-31, spokesman Paul Berry told the Sun-Sentinel…during the period when only one flight will operate, passengers already booked on its afternoon flight would be re-booked for the morning one, Berry noted.

As we’ve said before, Cuba is a tough nut to crack. We’ve seen downgauges from two airlines and service suspensions from two airlines. In an earlier post, I suggested that Alaska’s service from Los Angeles (LAX) to Havana (HAV) would be the next route dropped–I guess I was wrong about that!

Given that the authorities to fly these routes were hotly contested, I’m wondering if we’ll see another airline, specifically American, try to pick up Spirit’s vacated Havana slot. It could be a good land grab, if demand for Cuba ever seems to pick up.

Were you planning on flying Spirit to Cuba? Let us know below!

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