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American Airlines has joined rival Delta Air Lines in applying to serve Cuba.

American is seeking 10 daily frequencies to Havana from Miami and additional services from Charlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles and Chicago.

The proposal also includes a minimum of daily flights between Miami and five other Cuban cities – Santa Clara, Holguin, Varadero, Camaguey and Cienfuegos.

The airline’s chairman and chief executive, Doug Parker, said: “American is the undisputed leader in serving the people and businesses of Miami-Dade County, which is the heart and soul of the Cuban-American community and home to nearly 50% of the Cuban-American population in the United States.

“American’s proposed service – from Miami and four other hubs – will provide a strong foundation for the sustained future growth of commercial and cultural ties between the US and Cuba.

“We commend President Obama, Secretary Foxx, Secretary Kerry, and the Departments of Transportation and State for their leadership in achieving the historic resumption of scheduled air service with Cuba.”