The highly-anticipated new Southwest service to the “Pearl of the Caribbean,” Cuba—easily, our most eagerly awaited new service in many years—is now loaded and available! We’ll begin by adding double-daily service between Ft. Lauderdale and Varadero effective November 13, which will be the 99th airport in Southwest’s Network. Varadero is situated on a peninsula about 100 miles east of Havana. The city is known for its beautiful beaches but also for the many historical museums of colonial days as well as pre-revolutionary, early twentieth-century Cuban culture.
Then, on Monday, December 12, Southwest will begin service to Havana, the “Rome of the Caribbean,” with two daily flights between Havana and our Ft. Lauderdale Gateway and the only nonstop roundtrip between Havana and Tampa Bay. As both the capital and the largest city in Cuba, Havana is unique among its Cuban peers, with more of everything—more beaches, more museums, more history, more culture, and more vintage American cars. Yes, Havana is where 1950s American sedans have been kept running through a combination of loving care and skillful restoration!
Havana will also take a special place on the Southwest route map as our 100th airport served! What a wonderful milestone we’ve reached together—and it’s no coincidence that our 100th airport is part of our new and growing international network. Cheers, everyone, to airport 100—and here is to 100 more!
Schedules and fares for our new nonstop and connecting service to Cuba are now available on southwest.com. Please note that travel on Southwest to Cuba is subject to Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) restrictions; please consult the U.S. State Department for quick information on travel to Cuba and check out the OFAC page for Cuba at the U.S. Department of the Treasury for any particulars. But after you do that, come on! Hop on a flight, and I’ll see you in C-U-B-A!!