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U.S. flights to Cuba: anniversary and expectations

A year after the re-establishment of comercial flights between the United States and Cuba, today the attention of visitors from that country points not only to tourism, but to the people of the Caribbean island.


1 de septiembre de 2017 - Taken from Prensa Latina

A year after the re-establishment of comercial flights between the United States and Cuba, today the attention of visitors from that country points not only to tourism, but to the people of the Caribbean island.

A wide variety of scenarios hoard the attention of U.S. citizens arriving to the island, licensed in 12 categories, none linked to the leisure industry.

This occurred before the declarations and new restrictions announced by president of the United States, Donald Trump, that renew limitations to travel freely to this nation, something very much criticized all over the planet.

While on November 28, 2016 left the first flight from the north to Havana, on August 31 of that year, already some planes had already traveled to other points of the island.

The inaugural flight of American Airlines landed that 28th November at the International Jose Marti Airport of thios capital to reopen regular air connections from the U.S. to Havana.

At that moment, the main specialist of International and Communication Relations of the Cuban Air transport Corporation (Cacsa), Miguel Landeras, notified that in the flight had arrived the comercial director for the Americas of American Airlines, Alfredo Gonzalez.

That plane, which arrived from Miami with 157 passengers, open the doors to regular flights from the U.S. to this capital.

On that day also arrived a Jet Blue airplane, from New York, resulting in the beginning of regular trips for the Havana air terminal.

Jet Blue was also the first airline to arrive in Santa Clara, central province of Villa Clara on August 31, 2016.

From Miami, American Airlines operates over 345 flights daily to 129 destinations in 44 countries and territories, now including Cuba.

In June, 2016, the Department of Transport of the U.S. authorized six airlines of that country to offer flights to Cuba.

The approval re-established the regular air service between the U.S. and the island after an interruption of over 50 years. The first flights were to the interior of the island, while in November they were re-established to the capital, recall spokespersons of the aeronautics institute.

The United States and Cuba re-established diplomatic links in July, 2015, making it easier for U.S. citizens to visit Cuba.

Other companies involved in those links were Spirit, Frontier, Delta and Southwest, but JetBlue was deemed the best, because it made its first commercial flight from the United States to Cuba since 1961, taking off from Fort Lauderdale, north of Miami, to Santa Clara in the center of the island.


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