In another step toward normalized relations with Cuba, the U.S. Transportation Department has announced plans to begin daily flights from 10 airports across the country to Havana, Cuba.
The flights, which could begin as early as this fall, will take off from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Tampa, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark, New York City, Atlanta and Charlotte.
Eight of the 12 airlines that applied to host scheduled flights were approved, including major carriers American, Delta, United and JetBlue.
"Today we take another important step toward delivering on President Obama’s promise to reengage Cuba," Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said in a statement Thursday. "Restoring regular air service holds tremendous potential to reunite Cuban American families and foster education and opportunities for American businesses of all sizes."
The proposal allocates non-stop service to Havana from areas with large Cuban-American populations, as well as major hubs.
Under the arrangement, each country may operate up to 20 daily round-trip flights between the U.S. and Havana.
The arrangement also provides each country with the opportunity to operate up to 10 daily round-trip flights between the U.S. and each of Cuba’s nine other international airports, for a total of 90 daily round trips.