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Chicago passed over for nonstop flights to Havana

Chicago passed over for nonstop flights to Havana

Chicagoans hoping to grab a direct flight to Havana will have to keep waiting.

The U.S. Transportation Department on Thursday gave tentative approval to eight airlines to offer nonstop flights to the Cuban capital, but Chicago is not on any of the routes.

Chicago-based United Airlines received tentative approval to fly nonstop into Havana — from Newark, N.J., and Houston. It was not awarded flights from Washington, D.C., or Chicago.

Rival American Airlines also sought to fly direct from Chicago to Havana. It didn't get that, but it was approved for four daily flights to Havana from Miami and one from Charlotte, N.C.

According to a Transportation Department...

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