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Cubana Airlines, also known as Cubana de Aviación or Cubana, is the national airline of Cuba. With its hub at Jose Marti International Airport, Cubana de Aviación flies to more than 20 destinations across the Caribbean, the Americas and Europe.

The airline was founded in 1929 and began scheduled flights in 1930. It's one of the oldest airlines in the world and one of the first to come from Latin America. Originally, Cubana was a subsidiary airline of Pan American World Airways. It was later sold to private investors and then acquired by the Cuban government in 1959, when it officially became the flag carrier of Cuba.

The airline has codeshare agreements with the following airlines: AeroCarribean, Aeroflot, Air Europa, Blue Panorama Airlines, Conviasa and Lacsa.

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Baggage Policy

Baggage allowance will depend on the ticket fare you purchased at the time of booking.

Carry-on Baggage

Passengers flying on Cubana de Aviaciòn are entitled to one item of carry-on baggage per person. Carry-on baggage must weigh no more 7 kg (16 lb) in weight and must fit within the overall dimensions of 23cm x 40cm x 55 cm (9 ”x 15.5” x 21.5 ”).

Checked Baggage

Passengers flying on Cubana de Aviación are entitled to one item of checked baggage in Economy Class and two items of checked baggage in Tropical Class. Each item of baggage must not weigh more than 23kg (50 lb) and must fit within the linear dimensions of 158cm (62") overall.

Cabin Classes

The airline offers two class fares: Economy and Business.

In each of those two classes, passengers can select the Lower Fare or an Unrestricted Fare, which will determine factors such as ticket flexibility. All factors will be made clear at the time of booking.

Economy Class

The Economy Class cabin is Cubana's more basic and standard cabin class but offers excellent value for money.

Economy Class Facilities

On-board snacks are available for purchase, as well as an on-board magazine and back-seat table for laptops and convenience. Passengers can also enjoy duty-free shopping onboard.

Economy Class Seating

Economy offers standard seating, with a good amount of legroom and seat width.

Business Class

Business Class is Cubana's highest tier of cabin class, with its best service and most comfortable seats.

Business Class Facilities

Before flying, make the most of a speedier service, with a dedicated check-in counter. Wait comfortably for your flight boarding with a VIP lounge. Receive a personal wash bag and amenity kit, and enjoy a welcome cocktail and a varied menu.

Business Class Seating

Relax in comfortable leather seating, within a separate cabin. Plenty of legroom and recline.

*Please note that this service is not available on domestic flights or flights leaving from Toronto.

In-flight Entertainment & WIFI

There are no in-flight entertainment system onboard Cubana flights.


There's no WIFI network on Cubana de Aviación flights.

Food & Drink

Passengers are given complimentary food and drink on all long-haul flights, which is inclusive of hot meals.

On short-haul flights, passengers can purchase snacks and drinks once in-flight.


Cubana de Aviación passengers must check in at the airport as the airline doesn't offer online check in.

Online Check-in

Cuba de Aviaciòn doesn't offer web or mobile check-in at this time.

Airport Check-in

Airport check-in for domestic flights opens two hours before the flight departs and closes 50 minutes before the flight departs.

Airport check-in for international flights opens three hours before the flight departs and closes 40 minutes before the flight departs.

Cuba de Aviaciòn ask that passengers arrive at the airport in good time to allow for check-in, security checks and baggage drop.

Frequent Flyer Programme

Cubana doesn't currently have a frequent flyer program that rewards its regular passengers in place.

Airline Alliance

Cubana de Aviación isn't a member of any airline alliance. However, it does have codeshare agreements with the following airlines:


Air Caraibes


Avianca El Salvador (previously TACA)

Blue Panorama Airlines


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Destinations that Cubana de Aviación flies to

Cubana de Aviación currently flies to a number of destinations across South America. Click on the button below to find all the destinations that it flies to.

Alternatives to Cubana de Aviación

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Hub Airport

Jose Marti International Airport

Jose Marti International Airport is an international airport located in Havana, Cuba and is the hub airport for Cubana Airlines, Jose Marti International Airport is Cuba's main international and gateway into the country. It serves several million passengers each year. There are currently three passenger terminals in use at the airport and one runaway.

Aerogaviota is the only other airline that currently uses Jose Marti International as a hub. Other airlines that fly to/from the airport include American AirlinesBahamasairConviasaEvelop, Fly All Ways, InterjetJetBlue, LATAM Perú, Southwest AirlinesTAAG Angola AirlinesUnitedWingo and more.


Cubana de Aviación has a fleet of narrow body and wide body aircraft from manufacturers such as Antonov, ATR, Illyushin and Tupolev. Cubana's fleet is interesting for a national carrier in the fact that it has never used any aircraft from the major manufacturers, Boeing and Airbus.