First flight in half century leaves Miami bound for Havana

A man walks along the ledge of a building after hanging two giant Cuban flags, next to the US embassy, in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015. The embassy will hold a ceremony on Friday, Aug. 14, to raise the U.S. flag, to mark its reopening on Havana’s historic waterfront. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
A man walks along the ledge of a building after hanging two giant Cuban flags, next to the US embassy, in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015. The embassy will hold a ceremony on Friday, Aug. 14, to raise the U.S. flag, to mark its reopening on Havana’s historic waterfront. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

MIAMI (AP) – Just three days after the death of Fidel Castro, the first regularly scheduled flight in more than half a century left Miami International Airport bound for Havana.

Monday morning’s flight was the first of the new Havana-bound service and the first of four daily flights American Airlines plans out of Miami International. Several airlines began routes to other Cuban cities earlier this year.

The Miami Herald reports Jet Blue will start twice-daily service from Orlando on Tuesday and Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday. On Thursday, Spirit Airlines and Frontier Airlines begin flying from Fort Lauderdale and Delta flights will take off from Miami, New York’s JFK airport and Atlanta. Southwest starts daily service from Fort Lauderdale Dec. 12.

The flights are part of the Obama administration’s opening toward Cuba.

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