Aviation Airlines file applications to serve Cuba By Robert Silk / March 03, 2016 Share 1 The Havana skyline. Photo Credit: Shutterstock -- Twelve U.S airlines have applied for federal approval to fly to Cuba when commercial service between the countries resumes, likely later this year. Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit, Sun Country and United — as well as the Florida-based regional carrier Silver Airways, North Carolina-based Dynamic International Airways and upstart charter carrier Eastern Air Lines — all submitted their applications ahead of the Tuesday evening deadlines. Under the agreement reached between the U.S. and Cuba last month, the DOT can approve up to 20 daily flights in and out of Havana, as well as up to 10 daily flights each in and out of nine other Cuban destinations. Competition for the Havana routes looks to be strong. Carriers have submitted applications for 50 daily routes to Cuba’s capital as well as 16 less-than-daily routes from a total of 19 U.S. cities.Unsurprisingly, the highest concentration of applications, both for Havana routes and for smaller Cuban destinations, is for service from South Florida. American applied for 10 daily flights between Miami and Havana, while Delta, Eastern and Frontier are also seeking to serve the Miami-Havana market.JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit and Silver applied for a total of 13 daily routes between Fort Lauderdale and Havana. The nine other Cuban cities to which U.S. carriers have applied to provide service are Santa Clara, Holguin, Santiago, Camaguey, Cayo Coco, Manzanillo, Cienfuegos, Cayo Largo and the resort town of Varadero. Along with from Miami and Fort Lauderdale, carriers have applied to serve Cuba from the Florida cities of Fort Myers, Orlando, Jacksonville, Tampa, Palm Beach and Key West; Atlanta; Denver; Chicago; Dallas; Houston; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; Newark; New York Kennedy; Boston; and Charlotte.American, JetBlue and Silver applied for the most Cuba flight allocations. Along with applying for 10 daily Miami-Havana flights, American applied to fly eight other daily Miami-Cuba routes to smaller destinations. JetBlue applied for a total of 12 daily flights to Havana, with New York, Newark, Orlando, Tampa and Boston joining its Fort Lauderdale applications. The carrier also applied for daily trips from Fort Lauderdale to three other Cuban destinations. Most surprising, perhaps, is small Silver Airways, which hopes to serve Havana from Jacksonville, Fort Myers, Key West and West Palm Beach, as well as from Fort Lauderdale. The carrier has also applied for flights from Fort Lauderdale into each of the nine other eligible Cuban destinations. Silver would fly many of those routes on a less-than-daily basis. The DOT is expected to decide this summer which airlines will fly to the various Cuban destinations, and from where.