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JetBlue seeks to launch Cuba service from Logan

A classic American car passed the Francisco Blanco tobacco farm in the province of Pinar del Rio, Cuba.
A classic American car passed the Francisco Blanco tobacco farm in the province of Pinar del Rio, Cuba.Ramon Espinosa/AP/File

JetBlue Airways Corp. said Wednesday that it has applied to begin service to Cuba from six US cities, including Boston.

If approved by the US Department of Transportation, JetBlue would offer one flight a day from Logan International Airport to Havana, the company said. It would also offer flights to Cuba from New York, Newark, and Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, and Orlando in Florida.

The airline said it expects to begin service to Cuba in September.

Jet Blue is one of at least eight carriers that submitted applications to the Department of Transportation outlining what routes it would like to fly. The government will spend the next few months reviewing the requests. The Department of Transportation plans to make a decision on which airlines will get routes by this summer.

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Once routes are awarded, airlines will still need time to develop schedules and actually sell seats on the flights.

And while the federal government will set the routes, airlines will also need to apply to Cuba’s civil aviation authority for a permit to operate in the country.

All flights operating between the two countries today are charters, but an agreement signed between the two nations last month allows for up to 110 additional flights — more than five times the current charter operations.

US tourists still won’t legally be allowed to visit Cuba, but the start of commercial flights would make it much easier for those who fall into one of the authorized travel categories.

Travel will remain restricted to one of 12 permitted activities, including family visits, education, journalism, and government work. Tourism isn’t included.

JetBlue plans to offer service on Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft. Since 2011, JetBlue has offered charter flights to Havana and another Cuban city, Santa Clara, from New York, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, and Tampa.


Material from the Associated Press and Bloomberg News was included in this report. Megan Woolhouse of the Globe staff contributed.

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