Alaska Airlines discontinues flights to Havana, Cuba

Alaska Air will end Cuba flights, citing slowdown in passengers and Trump's new rules

"Travel is about making connections, and we were honored to have played a role in helping people make personal connections by traveling between the USA and Cuba", said Andrew Harrison, chief commercial officer for Alaska Airlines.

Alaska's daily flight originated in Seattle, stopped over in Los Angeles, and then flew directly from LAX to Havana's airport.

Alaska Airlines announced today that it will end a daily flight between Los Angeles and Havana, Cuba.

Alaska started the Los Angeles-Havana flight on January 5, 2017.

Alaska says 80 percent of its passengers on Cuba flights use the people-to-people allowance.

The Trump administration's shift "probably was the proverbial straw", he said in an interview, but "we were already looking pretty hard at an exit based on the bookings, so I would not pin this on the regulations changing". Alaska said travelers who booked flights after that date will be rebooked on another airline at no additional cost, or will be offered a full refund.

Southwest Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, Frontier Airlines and Spirit Airlines have all either cut Cuba flights or not started the services.

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Last week's changes to that policy eliminated that allowance.

The U.S. Treasury Department last week reimposed Cuba travel rules that basically make Americans join expensive, tightly-regulated group tours or have a valid business exemption.

Alaska started the Los Angeles-Havana flight on January 5, 2017.

Alaska Airlines is saying "Adios" to Cuba. But after July, the level of interest dropped precipitously.

Early on, President Donald Trump said he would reverse the liberal travel to Cuba set forth by the Obama Administration.

"A severe hurricane season didn't help", Kirby added.

The airline said it has added 44 routes this year and is planning for almost 8 percent network growth in 2018, primarily by bolstering capacity in its existing markets.

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