American to Add Charter Service From LA to Havana

American Airlines plans to begin charter service from Los Angeles to Havana later this year.

Fort Worth-based American says such charters will be the first nonstop flights from the West Coast to Cuba since travel restrictions to the island nation were eased.

American said Tuesday that flights from Los Angeles International Airport will run on Saturdays, starting Dec. 12. They will be sold by Cuba Travel Services.
Americans still must meet certain requirements for travel to Cuba, such as visiting family. Trips that are strictly for tourism are not yet legal.

American has operated charters to Cuba since 1991 and now flies there about 20 times a week from Miami and Tampa, Florida.

The U.S. Embassy in Havana reopened last week amid improving relations between the United States and Cuba.

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