United Airlines gets on board to 'dirty dance' into HavanaUnited Airlines gets on board to 'dirty dance' into Havanahttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=123762016-03-07T06:00:00Z2016-03-07T20:50:00Z

​HOUSTON - United Airlines has submitted a formal application to the U.S. Department of Transportation to gain approval for daily and weekly nonstop flights to Havana, Cuba, from its largest hubs—including Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport.

The Chicago-based airline plans to service one Saturday flight a week from Houston to Havana's José Martí International Airport.

Additionally, it hopes to provide ten other round trip flights a week from Newark Liberty International Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport and Chicago O'Hare.

United has been eager to make flights between the U.S. and Cuba since before the two countries formally signed their agreement last month to clear the way for the first commercial flights between the two countries in more than 50 year.

Last year, when the U.S. first talked of resuming commercial air service to Cuba, United indicated that its huge hub in Houston might be a likely outpost for the first flights to Cuba.

Then, just hours after the agreement was signed, the airline said it would move swiftly to obtain rights to operate flights.

The number of flights permitted by the newly signed agreement is limited to 110 daily round trips spread among ten Cuban international airports dotted around the island nation.

Only 20 of those flights would be permitted to go to the airport in the Cuban capital, Havana, where demand is expected to be the highest.

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