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Alaska Airlines to discontinue flights to Cuba


Alaska Airlines is ending daily flights between Los Angeles and Havana, Cuba, the company announced Tuesday.

The last flight is planned for Jan. 22, and the airline said the aircraft used will be redeployed to markets with higher demand.

“Travel is about making connections, and we were honored to have played a role in helping people make personal connections by traveling between the U.S. and Cuba,” Andrew Harrison, chief commercial officer for Alaska Airlines, said in a statement. “We continually evaluate every route we fly to ensure we have the right number of seats to match the number of people who want to go there.”

About 80 percent of Alaska’s flyers to Havana visited under a U.S. allowance for individual “people-to-people” educational travel.

Changes to U.S. policy last week eliminated that allowance.

Given the changes in Cuba travel policies, the airline will redeploy these resources to other markets the airline serves where demand continues to be strong.

Alaska started the Los Angeles to Havana flight on Jan. 5, 2017.

Alaska guests who booked travel to Havana after Jan. 22 will be rebooked on another airline at no additional cost or offered a full refund, the company said.

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