United Airlines has unveiled plans to increase
flights between Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport and
Havana's José Martí International Airport beginning 20 July 2018.
Subject to government approval, United will operate the new daily
service with either Boeing 737-800 mainline aircraft or Embraer
E175 regional aircraft operated by Mesa Airlines as United
"This expansion to Havana will provide
significant public benefits to our city, region and state. As a
diverse global city – in which many people speak Spanish – we are
heavily reliant on international travel for our economic success,"
said Houston Mayor, Sylvester Turner. "Worldwide access to Houston
by air helps bring financial health back to Houston after
Hurricane Harvey. The addition of Havana to Houstonians' travel
options will also help us build cultural bridges with our neighbor
nation across the gulf."
737-800 aircraft offer 16 seats in United First and 150 seats in
United Economy, including 54 extra-legroom United Economy Plus
seats. Mesa Airlines will operate regional jet aircraft as United
Embraer E175 two-cabin regional jet offers 12
seats in United First and 64 seats in United Economy, including 16
extra-legroom Economy Plus seats. The E175 also features a power outlet at each United First seat; United Wi-Fi;
free access to a library of movies and TV shows that customers can
watch on their personal devices' and large overhead bins that can
accommodate standard-size carry-on bags.
"United's new daily service to
Cuba will offer more opportunities to connect our customers
traveling from Houston and the central and western United States
directly to Havana," said Patrick Quayle, United's vice president
of International Network. "Houston is United's gateway to Latin
America and its convenient location offers customers easy access
to connect to 44 destinations across our broad domestic network."
Tickets are already available for purchase.