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Delta Air Lines has officially filed an application with the US government to fly to Cuba from four cities.

The airline met a deadline for North American carriers to apply with the US for rights to serve routes between the countries.

This follows Washington signing an arrangement with Cuba last month to resume scheduled commercial air services between the countries.

Delta wants to serve Havana with daily flights from its hubs in Atlanta and New York JFK as well as from Miami and Orlando.

The airline would operate the flights from Atlanta and JFK with Boeing 757-200s, and Miami and Orlando with smaller Boeing 737-800s.

Service to Cuba is expected to resume this year, allowing designated US carriers to operate a total of 20 daily return flights to Havana and 10 daily returns to nine other Cuban cities with international airports.

Delta’s network and schedule planning senior vice president, Bob Cortelyou, said: “This is a historic moment for Delta as we seek to provide unparalleled access between the US and Cuba.

“Delta’s proposed service to Havana from New York, Atlanta, Miami and Orlando will provide customers with convenient travel options to the Cuban capital.”

The airline’s vice president for Latin America and the Caribbean, Nicolas Ferri, added: “We look forward to providing access to the island from the US and around the world.

“If approved, these frequencies would increase the strength of our network, advancing Delta’s goal to be the best U.S. airline in Latin America and the Caribbean.”