Six U.S. airlines are now cleared for takeoff to Cuba

On June 10, the U.S. Department of Transportation approved six airlines to offer flights between the U.S. and Cuba: American Airlines , Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways , Silver Airways, Southwest Airlines and Sun Country Airlines.

The flights could be available as early as this fall, and will be departing from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Minneapolis/St. Paul.

The flights have been approved to land in nine Cuban cities, including Camagüey, Holguín and Santiago de Cuba.

In more news from Cuba, the military-owned Gaviota 5th Avenue Hotel in Havana became the first Cuban hotel to operate under a U.S. brand, when a “Four Points by Sheraton” sign went up last week. It is one of two hotels that Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide agreed to manage in a multimillion-dollar deal with Cuba that was signed in March. According to Starwood’s website, it will start operating state-owned Gran Caribe Inglaterra Hotel under its Luxury Collection brand on Aug. 31.