Southwest drops two routes to Cuba; Havana flights to stay

USA TODAYSouthwest Airlines will ax two of its three routes to Cuba, becoming the latest U.S. carrier to trim flights to the nation amid disappointing demand.

Southwest said flights to Varadero and Santa Clara will be discontinued so that the airline can “concentrate its future service to Cuba in Havana.” Southwest will keep its existing service to Havana from both Fort Lauderdale and Tampa.

Varadero and Santa Clara flights will end Sept. 4, with Southwest pointing to lingering travel restrictions that affect Americans traveling to Cuba.

“Our decision to discontinue the other Cuba flights comes after an in-depth analysis of our performance over several months which confirmed that there is not a clear path to sustainability serving these markets, particularly with the continuing prohibition in U.S. law on tourism to Cuba for American citizens,” Steve Goldberg, Southwest’s senior vice president of ground operations, said in a statement. …

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