Southwest launches nonstop service from Tampa to Havana

Southwest announcing flights to Cuba

TAMPA, Fla. (WTSP) – If a trip to Cuba is on your bucket list, Southwest airlines is making it much easier to cross it off your list of things to do.

Starting December 12, the airline will offer nonstop flights to Havana. As of 6 a.m. on Thursday, a round-trip flight could be booked for as low as $150.

Commercial flights to Havana will start to pick up toward the end of the year, although travelers are still not allowed to take trips to Cuba solely as tourists.

According to the U.S. Embassy, trips must fall under at least one of 12 categories:

“The 12 categories of authorized travel to Cuba are: family visits; official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments, and certain intergovernmental organizations; journalistic activity; professional research and professional meetings; educational activities; religious activities; public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions; support for the Cuban people; humanitarian projects; activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes; exportation, importation, or transmission of information or informational materials; and certain authorized export transactions.”

For more information on traveling to Cuba, click here.


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