New flight route between Orlando and Havana has its maiden voyage

Posted: 18-Jun-15 13:15

Flights from Orlando to Cuba have finally taken off, but not without a few bumps along the way. The first flight to the island from Orlando International Airport was hit by delays and bad weather. But the flights are expected to prove popular when the first twice-weekly flights begin from July 8.

New flight route between Orlando and Havana has its maiden voyage

It seems the long-awaited flight had some trouble making it to Cuba.

The first flight from Orlando's International Airport (MCO) took off on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 10. It was an exciting day for travellers to have the opportunity to on a direct flight to the country in North America. It's only recently that it has been possible to book a direct flight from Orlando to Cuba.

The new service offers weekly flights for approximately 120 passengers. The short journey is only a 90-minute flight, and will begin with weekly flights on a Wednesday. For easier travel, eventually, more non-stop flights will be added to the airport. These additional flights will make it easier to travel to Cuba than ever before. With many excited for these new flight route, it's a shame that this first trip couldn't take off without some issues.

But it didn't run smoothly – at least to start with. Passengers travelling on the first flight to Cuba from Orlando were delayed. Tourists and business travellers had to stand by because of an omission of the airport. It was discovered by the airport that the Gulf Stream Air Charter forgot to purchase fuel for the flight. Without fuel, the crew and passengers were left waiting to take off for several hours. Not a fantastic start to the new flight route.

Making things worse still for all travelling that day, the weather took a turn. Lightning and strong winds caused the flight to be delayed further. The plane was not able to take off until the weather calmed and the winds died down.

Luckily for the airport, these flights aren't so regular that they don't have time to recover. They will have the time to put measures in place to ensure a smooth flight for the next passengers travelling to Cuba.

Twice weekly flights to Cuba will transform tourism for the country, allowing travellers to explore freely.

With the summer months quickly approaching, it's likely these flights will be popular with tourists. Temperatures in Cuba can be expected to reach over 28°C. Holidaymakers may want hit the many water parks and resorts that are to offer in Cuba.

Those interested in travelling to Cuba can expect future flights to run much more smoothly. As the flights increase, it's likely more routes will come available. The colourful culture of Cuba will be open to travellers from all over America, with flights from other airports become available.


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