Just days after the Trump administration unveiled the details of its new Cuba policy—which hinders American travel to the Caribbean nation—Alaska Airlines announced the discontinuation of its daily flight between Los Angeles and Havana, beginning January 2018.
According to a news release issued by the airline, about 80 percent of Alaska’s flyers to Havana visited under the previously permitted category of “people-to-people” travel. Due to last week’s changes in policy, which placed heavy restrictions on why, how, and where U.S. travelers can visit Cuba—the Alaska Airlines aircraft and crew that served Havana will be redeployed to “markets with higher demand.”
“Travel is about making connections, and we were honored to have played a role in helping people make personal connections by traveling between the U.S. and Cuba,” Andrew Harrison, chief commercial officer for Alaska Airlines, said in a statement. “We continually evaluate every route we fly to ensure we have the right number of seats to match the number of people who want to go there.”
The airline’s last flight to Havana from Los Angeles is planned for January 22, 2018. Customers who’ve booked travel on the route after this date will be refunded or rebooked to another airline at no additional cost.
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