There Are 20 Routes; US Airlines Wanted 70 US; Requested 3.4 Million Seats; DOT Authorized 1.2 Million Seats Cuba Has 64,000 Hotel Rooms With 80% Occupancy Rates

There Are 20 Routes; US Airlines Wanted 70
US Airlines Requested 3.4 Million Seats; DOT Authorizing 1.2 Million Seats
Cuba Has 64,000 Hotel Rooms With 80% Occupancy Rates


Today, the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded twenty (20) daily nonstop routes between the United States and Jose Marti International Airport (HAV) in Havana, Republic of Cuba.  

Eight (8) United States air carriers were awarded twenty US-HAV non-stop routes; United States air carriers sought US-HAV non-stop routes from twenty (20) airports; the DOT awarded routes from eleven (11) airports.  Which United States air carrier received the most of what it sought?

Alaska Airlines received 100% of its application
American Airlines received 40% of its application
Delta Air Lines received 75% of its application
Frontier Airlines received 50% of its application
JetBlue Airways received 50% of its application
Southwest Airlines received 66% of its application
Spirit Airlines received 100% of its application
United Airlines received 40% of its application

There are fifteen (15) aircraft seating configurations included in the daily non-stop US-HAV route applications (280, 200, 199, 186, 181, 180, 175, 162, 160, 154, 145, 144, 143, 126, 34).   

The average seat capacity of the aircraft to be used for daily flights (per the applications) is 164.60 (which is skewed lower due to the use of Saab 340B 34-seat aircraft by Silver Airways).  

Thus, for the twenty (20) awarded routes, there will be 3,418 seats available per day; 23,899 seats available per week, and 1,242,748 seats available per year.

Twelve (12) United States air carriers have applied for forty-five (45) daily non-stop US-HAV routes and thirty-five (35) non-stop US-HAV routes that would not operate daily- once per week, twice per week, three times per week, four times per week, and five times per week).  A total of seventy (70) flights per week.

The twelve air carriers have applied for non-stop US-HAV routes from a total of twenty (20) United States airports:

For the forty-five (45) US-HAV routes, daily seating capacity would be 8,640; weekly seating capacity would be 60,480; and yearly seating capacity would be 3,144,960.

For the thirty-five (35) non-daily US-HAV routes, United States air carriers are seeking a total of 5,068 seats per week; for a yearly seating capacity of 263,536.

United States air carriers are seeking eighty (80) US-HAV routes with a combined yearly seating capacity of 3,408,496.

The following are the route US-HAV route applications submitted by United States air carriers to the DOT:

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