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Silver Airways launches regularly scheduled flights to Santiago de Cuba

Silver Airways’ first regularly scheduled flight to Santiago de Cuba arrives on Nov. 2.
Silver Airways’ first regularly scheduled flight to Santiago de Cuba arrives on Nov. 2.

Silver Airways launched service from Fort Lauderdale to Santiago, Cuba’s “Heroic City,” on Wednesday, becoming the only U.S. airline to offer regularly scheduled flights to the eastern Cuban city.

Silver already flies to four cities in Cuba — Santa Clara, Camagüey, Cienfuegos, and Holguín — from Fort Lauderdale and has plans to fly to four more in the near future. Service to Cayo Coco will begin Nov. 19; flights to Varadero on Dec. 1; Manzanillo on Dec. 16; and to Cayo Largo, a beach resort, in early 2017.

On Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, JetBlue became the first U.S. airline to initiate commercial flights with Cuba, kicking off with a flight from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to Santa Clara, Cuba, in more than 50 years.

The airline, which also operates within Florida and from Florida to the Bahamas, is using 34-seat Saab 340B Plus turboprop planes on its Cuba routes.

“We are thrilled to be offering travelers with a variety of convenient travel options to visit all of the destinations throughout Cuba beyond Havana,” said Silver Airways President and CEO Sami Teittinen.

The first regularly scheduled commercial flights to Cuba in more than 50 years began taking off in late August, but a flurry of activity will begin in late November when regularly scheduled service to Havana, the Cuban capital, begins. Silver will only be serving cities outside Havana.

After 55 years, American Airlines begins scheduled commercial service between Miami and Cuban cities of Cienfuegos and Holguín.

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