Frontier Airlines said Wednesday it has applied to the U.S. Transportation Department to begin a once-a-week nonstop flight between Philadelphia and Varadero, Cuba. Frontier, which has been expanding at Philadelphia International Airport, also proposed a one-stop flight in Miami from Philadelphia to both Santa Clara and Camaguey, Cuba, using 180-seat Airbus A320 aircraft.
Frontier will fly this summer to 20 destinations from Philadelphia, effective June 1.
American Airlines, which has a hub and 76 percent of the flights in Philadelphia, did not apply for direct Cuba passenger flights from Philadelphia. American instead chose its hubs in Miami, Dallas Fort Worth, Charlotte, Los Angeles, and Chicago to begin new nonstop Cuba scheduled service.