Airline flights to Cuba from Florida approved

The U.S. government on Thursday said it will allow regular commercial flights to Havana from Fort Lauderdale- Hollywood International Airport — all part of the an easing of travel restrictions to the island by the Obama administration.

It’s unclear which carrier will offer the flights, but the Broward County airport now has permission to schedule them.

In recent years, only charter flights from Miami to the island have been allowed.

"We still don’t know exactly when the flights will begin, but they have been approved,’’ said Greg Meyer spokesman for the airport. “We asked for permission on Jan. 28 and were optimistic they would be approved. These will be regular service to the island as opposed to charter flights.’’

This week, the government approved flights to Cuba from several other U.S. airports, including Tampa, Chicago O'Hare, Baltimore, Dallas/Fort Worth, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Atlanta and Luis Muñoz Marín in San Juan, Puerto Rico.