American Airlines has been given the green light to resume routes to five cities in Cuba that were suspended in 2019 when the Trump administration imposed restrictions that prevented US carriers from flying to Cuban destinations except for Havana.
The US Transportation Department (DOT) has approved American’s request to restart flights from Miami (MIA) to Camagüey (CMW), Holguín (HOG), Matanzas/Varadero (VRA), Santa Clara (SNU) and Santiago de Cuba (SCU).
The airline plans to offer two daily services to Santa Clara and one daily flight to each of the other four cities. The routes are expected to recommence in early November.
American said the flights would “enhance service and access between the US and these non-Havana points, after more than two years during which such service was suspended.”

The DOT approval comes less than two months after the Biden administration announced plans to allow more routes from the US to Cuba, lifting measures put in place under former President Donald Trump.
The Trump administration had imposed a string of aviation restrictions during 2019 and 2020 as part of efforts to increase US economic pressure on the Cuban government. They included barring US airlines from flying to airports other than Havana (HAV) and introducing a cap on charter flights to the country.