U.S. And Cuba Agree To Restore Commercial Flights

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The U.S signed an agreement on Tuesday with Cuba that will “restore commercial flights to Cuba,” as reported by CNN. The 15 day application process has now begun to the Dept. of Transportation for rights to fly to Cuba, for the first time in 50 years. There will continue to be restrictions of travelers who which to make the flight (you need to fall within 12 categories as defined below.)

U.S. And Cuba Agree To Restore Commercial Flights

The United States has officially signed an agreement with Cuba to re-establish scheduled air services between the two countries.

Starting Tuesday, U.S. carriers will have 15 days to submit applications to the Department of Transportation for routes they’d like to fly between the U.S. and Cuba in what’s sure to be a fierce bidding war.

This agreement will mean the potential for 110 daily round-trip flights in and out of Cuba. That includes 20 daily flights to Havana and 10 daily flights to other airports on the island.

The arrangement does not change charter services, which can still operate.

The new arrangement will facilitate visits for travelers that fall under one of 12 categories: Visiting family; Humanitarian projects or to provide support to the Cuban people; Official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments and certain intergovernmental organizations; journalistic activities; professional research; educational activities by persons at academic institutions; people-to-people travel; religious activities; public performance, clinics, workshops, athletic or other competitions and exhibitions; authorization to provide travel services, carrier services and remittance-forwarding services; activities of private foundations, research or educational institutes; and exportation of certain Internet-based services.

Bottom Line

Looks like commercial flights to Cuba will be officially restored, probably by October according to the article. Have you been to Cuba or do you have any plans to travel to Cuba?

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