American Airlines becomes the first US passenger carrier to begin cargo service in Cuba, offering mail service, including correspondence, parcels and express mail, into and out of José Martí International Airport (HAV) in Cuba’s capital and economic centre, Havana.
Havana is American’s principal destination from the US with one daily fight from Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) and four daily flights from Miami International Airport (MIA) scheduled to increase to five daily flights in October. The MIA flights are operated with B737-800 aircraft and the CLT flight is operated with an A319.
“As the leading US carrier to Cuba we are excited to launch cargo service to the island,” said David Vance, American’s vice president – Cargo Operations. “Our teams on the ground in the US and in Cuba have worked hard to make this a reality.”
American is the leading US airline in Cuba, with nine daily flights to five destinations in the country, including flights between MIA and HAV, Holguin (HOG), Santa Clara (SNU), Varadero (VRA) and Camagüey (CMW), and between CLT and HAV.
American has served Cuba since 1991 – with charter service for more than 25 years and with scheduled service since September 2016. The addition of mail service will further strengthen American’s commitment to serving the needs of customers in the US-Cuba market, the carrier said.