On Wednesday, Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) announced that it would drop two Cuba routes, becoming the latest airline to reduce flights to Cuba.
Southwest said that its service to Varadero and Santa Clara, Cuba, will end September 4, but it will continue to provide service to Havana from Fort Lauderdale and Tampa.
Other airline also reduced their service to Cuba. American Airlines Group Inc. and JetBlue Airways Corp. previously cut their service to Cuba. Frontier Airlines Holdings Inc., Silver Airways Corp. and Spirit Airline cancel all their routes.
Earlier this month, President Donald Trump announced restrictions that might stall business on the the island. The restrictions will not influence the operation of airline, but might affect demand.
“Our decision to discontinue the other Cuba flights comes after an in-depth analysis of our performance over several months which confirmed that there is not a clear path to sustainability serving these markets, particularly with the continuing prohibition in U.S. law on tourism to Cuba for American citizens,” said Steve Goldberg, the Senior VP of ground operations of Southwest.
Currently, Southwest is trying to seek approval for a third daily Havana-Fort Lauderdale flight from flights that is given up by airlines. Other airlines, like American, Delta Air Lines Inc., and JetBlue, are also making efforts to get those routes.