Note that if flying aboard a U.S. carrier, you must have your ticket for the Cuban portion issued separately with another carrier.
From France: Havana is served by Air France (tel. 0820-320-820, www.airfrance.com), nine times weekly from Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport using Boeing 777s (from about €785 round-trip). Corsairfly (tel. 0820-042-042, www.corsairfly.com) flies a Boeing 747 weekly from Paris Orly to Havana. Cubana (41 Boulevard du Montparnasse, 75006 Paris, tel. 01/53-63-23-23) flies from Paris Orly airport to Havana via Santiago de Cuba on Sundays using an Ilyushin L-96 (from €532 round-trip). Air Europa (tel. 902/401-501 in Spain, www.aireuropa.com) flies between Paris Charles de Gaulle and Havana via Madrid.
From Germany: Charter company Condor (tel. 0180/5-70-72-02, www.condor.com) flies from Frankfurt and Munich to Holguín and Cayo Coco. AirBerlin (tel. 0180/5-73-78-00, www.airberlin.com), formerly LTU, flies from Berlin to Varadero on Thursday (from €778 round-trip). Tour operator Reisegalerie (Gruneburgweg 84, 60323 Frankfurt, tel. 069/9720-6000, www.reisegalerie.com) specializes in Cuba.
From Italy: You can use Alitalia (tel. 800/650-055, www.alitalia.it) to connect with Air France, Iberia, or Virgin Atlantic flights. Air France and Iberia fly from Milan to Havana via Paris and Madrid, respectively. Blue Panorama (tel. 06/6021-4737, www.blue panorama.com) carries the bulk of Italian tourists to Cuba with daily flights from Rome to Cayo Largo, Havana, and Santiago de Cuba (from €635 round-trip). Livingstone (tel. 0331/267-321, www.lauda.it), formerly Lauda Air, flies charters from Milan to Cayo Largo and from Rome and Milan to Havana and Holguín.
From the Netherlands: Havana is served by Martinair (tel. 20/60-11-767, www.martinair.com) from Amsterdam (from €619 round-trip).
From Russia: Russia’s Aeroflot (tel. 0495/223-5555 or 800/333-5555, www.aeroflot.ru/eng/) flies from Moscow to Havana on Monday and Friday (from US$1,070 round-trip). Cubana (tel. 0495/642-9439, www.cubana.ru) operates once a week from Moscow.
From Spain: Havana is served by Iberia (tel. 902/400-500, www.iberia.com) from Madrid daily (from €790 round-trip); likewise Air Europa (tel. 902/401-501, www.air europa.com). Cubana (tel. 091/758-9750, www.cubana.cu) flies from Madrid to Havana and Santiago de Cuba on Monday and Thursday using a DC-10 (from €560 round-trip).
From the United Kingdom: My favorite airline, Virgin Atlantic (tel. 800/821-5438, www.virgin atlantic.com), flies on Wednesday and Sunday from Gatwick to Havana (from £602 round-trip). Cubana (tel. 020/7536-8177, www.cubanacan.cu) flies from Gatwick to Havana via Holguín on Wednesday (from £457 roundtrip). Air Jamaica (tel. 020/7590-3600, www.airjamaica.com), which no longer operates from the U.K., has a codeshare agreement with Virgin Atlantic; you can fly the latter to Montego Bay or Kingston and hop over to Havana with Air Jamaica. Good online resources for discount tickets include www.ebookers.com, www.cheapflights.co.uk, and www.travelsupermarket.com, and for charter flights, there’s Charter Flight Centre (tel. 0845/045-0153, www.charterflights.co.uk).
© Christopher P. Baker from Moon Cuba, 5th Edition