Only weeks after two small U.S. airlines announced plans to cut back service to Cuba, four major carriers have filed applications with the U.S. Department of Transportation to take over the routes to the island nation.
Behind the revolving door of flight plans is an effort by the nation’s biggest carriers to get access to the most popular Cuban destination: Havana.
When the Obama administration announced an agreement last year to allow regularly scheduled flights into Cuba, nearly every major U.S. airline raced to file applications. The agency awarded six U.S. airlines routes to 10 airports in Cuba, including Havana.
But a few months ago, low-cost carriers Frontier...