Havana Airport – Gateway to Cuba
José Martí International Airport which was earlier known as Rancho-Boyeros Airport and unofficially called as Havana Airport is a major airport serving the capital of Cuba, Havana. This airport is the main international and domestic airport in the country and hosts millions of passengers each year. Located in municipality of Boyeros, it is around 15 km from the city center and is currently operated by ECASA S.A (Empresa Cubana de Aeropuertos y Servicios Aeronáuticos). The José Martí International Airport is at an elevation of 64 meters above sea level and is a hub for Aero Caribbean, Cubana de Aviación, and Aerogaviota. A single asphalt runway measuring 4,000 meters presently graces the Havana Airport. The airport at present has 4 passenger terminals and 1 cargo terminal, where Terminal 1 is used for domestic operations, Terminal 2 is used by charter flights and Terminals 3 and 5 are used by international travellers. Please note that at the José Martí International Airport only government-owned and no private or commercial flights are allowed to use the facilities.
Replacing the earlier airport Columbia Airfield, the José Martí International Airport started operations on 24th February, 1930. The airport was built at the (Bull) Drover Ranch and thus got the name Rancho Boyeros. The first flight to take off from the airport was Cubana de Aviación from Havana to Santiago de Cuba. The first international fight from Havana Airport was scheduled for Miami on May 15, 1945. Operation were stopped from the airport during the year 1961 when the diplomatic relations with US began to deteriorate. However, the airport continued to serve flights to Soviet Union. The airport has been constantly renovated. The domestic terminal was built in 1998 while Terminal 2 underwent renovation in 2010.
Currently more than 30 passenger flights operate to and from the José Martí International Airport. American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Eastern Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Sun Country Airlines, Swift Air and United Airlines operate special authority charters under US Government restrictions. Cubana Cargo and Sky King, Inc. are the airline that operates cargo flights from the Havana Airport.
In spite of the fact that the José Martí International Airport serves as gateway to Cuba and offer great facilities and friendly service to its passengers, it has not received any award till now.
Routes and Destinations
Moscow, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Toronto, Lima, Milan, Grand Canyon, Rome, Panama City, Zurich, Madrid, Quito and London are among the many destinations which are directly connected to Havan Airport.
Why Fly Through This Airport
How to Check-in
Online check-in is the easiest way to check-in and is available with most of the airline flying out of José Martí International Airport. This option allows you to check-in anywhere between 24 hours to 2 hours before departure of your flight and print your boarding passes. If you are interested in counter check-in then the José Martí International Airport has dedicated check-in desks and express check-in counters on the upper level of terminal 3. Counters generally open 3 hours prior to departure of international flight and 2 hour before the schedule departure of domestic flight. In case you fail to check-in within the given time, the airlines have the authority to deny boarding.
The allotment of baggage is predetermined by the airline you are travelling with and can be different from the other airline. Generally passengers are not allowed to check-in anything beyond 32 kg and carry any bag which weighs more than 15 kg as hand luggage. Charges are applicable when you are travelling with excess baggage. The baggage allowance also depends upon the route as well as class of travel; hence it is best to speak to your airline to get details on what and how much to carry on your flight from José Martí International Airport.
The city of Havana looks exceptionally charming from the sky and if you want to enjoy the views of the same during landing or takeoff, take the window seat. You can book your preferred seat online during the wed check-in process by paying a small surcharge. At the airport seats are not guaranteed as they are assigned on first come first serve basis. If you are looking for a specific seat, booking it inline is the best option as the airline do not guarantee choice of seat during the airport counter check-in process
Making an online reservation is the most convenient way to book your flight ticket from José Martí International Airport, but the airline charge a convenience fee for the same. Tickets can also be purchased from the airline counter at the airport or the office of the airline in the city, sans the excess surcharge. In case of any query related too booking fee, modification or cancellation of your flight reservation, contact the airline directly.