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Havana Air Eyes Expanded Charter Service Between Key West, Cuba

Airlines & Airports | Patrick Clarke | July 02, 2015

Havana Air Eyes Expanded Charter Service Between Key West, Cuba

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Growing demand for air travel between Key West, Florida and Havana, Cuba has Havana Air CEO David Nesslein taking aim at offering daily service between the two destinations at some point in the future.

According to Anthony Cave of the Miami Herald, since resuming service this past March, Havana Air has experienced a "substantial" increase in passengers.

"In most cases, we’ve been full," Nesslein told the Herald.

Now, Nesslein reveals that the goal is to provide daily service between Key West International Airport and Havana's Jose Martí International Airport. 

Up until recently, the Miami-based charter operator offered only a Friday morning flight between Key West and Havana with charter carrier Air Key West's BN-2T Turbine Islander, which can carry up to nine passengers. But as of three weeks ago, Havana Air offers service on Monday and Friday at 10 a.m. Return flights are scheduled for the same days.

A roundtrip ticket costs approximately $525, with the flight lasting less than an hour.

The next step for Havana Air will likely be to add a Wednesday flight. And if demand continues to rise, daily service seems like a legitimate possibility. 

"It just kind of depends on the [passenger] loads," Nesslein told the Herald. "We like Key West; I think it’s a great market for us."

In addition to expanding service between Key West and Havana, the charter operator is in the process of making tickets available for a more convenient purchase online. Nesslein said tickets for Key West-Havana flights could be available online as soon as later this year. 

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