U.S. to Allow Commercial Flights to Cuba

By Paul Riegler on 17 December 2015
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Havana-bound passengers in Miami

Havana-bound passengers in Miami

The State Department announced Thursday that the United States and Cuba have reached an agreement that will allow commercial air service to resume between the two countries.   The move marks the first time in a half century that airlines will be able to offer regularly-scheduled service linking the two neighboring countries.

“This arrangement will continue to allow charter operations and establish scheduled air service, which will facilitate an increase in authorized travel, enhance traveler choices and promote people-to-people links between the two countries,” the department said in a statement.

Tourist travel, however, is still not permitted by U.S. law.

Several airlines including American and JetBlue currently offer charter service to the island nation and JetBlue said it plans to submit an application to offer scheduled service from multiple cities in the United States.

“Interest in Cuba has reached levels not seen for a generation,” said
Scott Laurence, JetBlue’s senior vice president for airline planning, citing the airline’s “years of experience in Cuba” offering charter flights.

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