Cubana de Aviación airline will resume domestic flights between Havana and Holguín as from next Tuesday, March 15, 2022, the company announced on its social networks.
Flights will have two weekly frequencies, Tuesdays and Saturdays, departing from Havana at 10:30 in the morning. The return from Holguín will be at 1:30 in the afternoon.
Interested parties may purchase tickets for these flights at Cubana’s offices in Holguín (Pico Cristal office) and Havana.
The company’s press release does not mention the cost of the tickets or the currency in which they will be charged (MLC or CUP).
Nor does it make reference to other guarantees related to baggage transportation, ticket exchange, possible cancellations or sanitary protocols.
The state-owned airline had resumed domestic flights last November, with the reopening of the Havana-Santiago de Cuba route. The sale of air tickets has been active since October 20, 2021 in the establishments authorized for that purpose.
Cubana resumed international flights as of November 15, 2022 with Havana-Madrid trips.
In comments on social networks, several users have expressed their concern and doubts about the price of the tickets and the planes to be used for transportation between Havana and Holguin and other domestic routes.
For years, Cuban air transportation has been affected by the scarce technical availability of the fleet. There is a lack of aircraft and spare parts.
According to data from the website aviaciononline.com, Cubana de Aviación’s own fleet currently consists of only six Antonov AN-158s, two ATR 42-500s, one ATR 72-200, two Embraer E110s and one Ilyushin Il-96.
It is a small fleet, composed mostly of Soviet-designed aircraft, with many years of operation.
In order to survive, Cubana de Aviación has even had to rent aircraft to continue operating to some of the most popular destinations.