Atlanta-based Delta applied in March to operate flights to Havana from Atlanta, New York, Miami and Orlando. The airline put the New York route as its top priority in its application, with the Atlanta route as its second priority.
"Our teams are focused on Havana preparations and remain excited about Delta’s daily service returning to the market soon," said Delta spokesman Anthony Black in a written statement.
There is stiff competition for the routes: The U.S.-Cuba deal allows for up to 20 daily flights, and U.S. airlines combined have requested nearly 60 daily flights, "thus requiring DOT to select from among the proposals," the agency said.
The routes approved Friday are for service on American, Frontier, JetBlue, Silver, Southwest and Sun Country airlines.
They will add flights to Cuba from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Philadelphia.
The cities in Cuba that will get scheduled flights from the U.S. in the route approvals Friday are Camaguey, Cayo Coco, Cayo Largo, Cienfuegos, Holguin, Manzanillo, Matanzas, Santa Clara and Santiago de Cuba.