Mayor's Office Press Release
IAH one of First Airports to Offer Flights to Cuba
July 7, 2016 -- The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has tentatively awarded United Airlines nonstop flights to Cuba from Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and New York/Newark. Starting later this year, United will offer Saturday nonstop service between IAH and Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport.
“Houstonians will have a historic opportunity to board one of the first commercial flights to Havana in more than a half century,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and United recognize the very signiﬁcant economic and consumer benefits these flights will bring to Houston-area residents, travelers, businesses and entrepreneurs.”
There are nearly 20,000 Cuban Americans in Houston. United’s service will also connect 20 markets across the central and western United States to Cuba with just one stop.
"These flights open the door to a new world of travel and opportunities for our customers," said Oscar Munoz, United's president and CEO. "We are proud of the important and historic role our airline will play in connecting the U.S. and Cuba, as commercial air travel takes flight between these countries for the first time in more than 50 years."
Recognized by "Trusted Traveler Network" as one of the most international-friendly points of entry for foreign travelers, IAH is a gateway to Latin America. The airport provides departures to nearly 200 nonstop destinations and serves nearly 43 million passengers annually.