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Southwest Airlines Announcing Flight Plans From Fort Lauderdale, Tampa to Cuba

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    Southwest Airlines Announcing Flight Plans From Fort Lauderdale, Tampa to Cuba
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    As flights continue between the United States and Cuba – part of the continued thawing of relations between the neighboring countries – another airline is getting into the business of bringing some Americans to a new destination.

    Southwest Airlines announced Thursday their plans to begin commercial flights from Fort Lauderdale / Hollywood International Airport and Varadero, Cuba starting November 13th.

    The airline also announced plans for flights from the airport and Tampa International Airport to Havana starting December 12th, pending approval by the Cuban government.

    Plans for flights from the airports to Santa Clara, Cuba are expected to be announced in the coming days.

    After the Obama administration announced plans to end the embargo with Cuba in Decemeber 2014, the countries have slowly begun to resume relations.

    The first commercial flights from the United States to the island nation took place in late August and early September from both Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale.

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