For the first time in 50 years commercial air travel will be offered between Cuba and the U.S.  The Department of Transportation tentatively approved a United Airlines application for nonstop travel between Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport and Havana's José Martí International Airport with flights beginning later this year.

Houston’s expansive airport system plays a major part in making Htown “the most racially and ethnically diverse city in America.” The Havana link will only increase Houston’s exposure to a “new world of travel and opportunities,” Oscar Munoz, United’s chief executive said in a statement. 

The flight makes Houston one of only a select few cities across the country that will offer direct flights to Havana. Bush Intercontinental Airport will also act as the only connection for flights to Cuba from 20 U.S. markets via Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest and Spirit airlines. 

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