ORLANDO, FL. – Travel between Havana, Cuba and Orlando will become a reality this summer. Island Travel & Tours (ITT) announced it will begin non-stop flights from Orlando International Airport (MCO) beginning July 8, 2015.
Initial service will be offered once a week on Wednesdays with ITT adding a second flight on Sundays later in the summer. The approximately 90 minute flights will be flown on Boeing 737-300 aircraft with a capacity of 120 passengers in a 112-seat coach class/8-seat first class configuration. Non-stop flights will depart MCO at 12:30 p.m. and arrive in Havana at 1:55 p.m. Return flights will leave Havana at 3:00 p.m. and arrive in Orlando at 4:20 p.m.
“With the changing dynamics in the relationship between the U.S. and Cuban governments, we are pleased to offer these flight options to residents in Central Florida,” said Phil Brown, Executive Director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “This convenient access further positions Orlando International Airport as a gateway to desired destinations around the world.”
Island Travel & Tours selected Orlando International for its scheduled charter flights because of its central location. Sixty percent of Florida’s population is within a two hour drive of the airport.
Approval from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is required before travelers can fly from Orlando to Cuba. As part of the “Airports of Entry or Departure for Flights to and from Cuba” rule approved in January of 2011, MCO was granted permission to offer passenger air service to the island nation. ITT, Ltd. was formed in May 2000 and has been arranging travel and tours to Cuba for 15 years.
Basic MCO information:
Orlando International Airport set a record in 2014 with 4,324,175 international passengers. With an overall total of 35.7 million annual passengers, MCO is the second busiest airport in Florida and 14th busiest in the U.S. The airport has 18,000 employees and generates $31 billion in direct and indirect revenue for the regional economy. Orlando International Airport strives to value and delight its customers through a design concept known as The Orlando Experience®.