New air access to Cuba opening up

Posted: 06-Jul-15 10:32

According to a new announcement from Travelport, travel agencies in the USA are now able to book and sell air travel to and from Cuba. This offers Americans plenty of options for visiting this previously forbidden destination.

New air access to Cuba opening up

An announcement from Travelport has stated that its travel agencies in the USA are now able to search for, book and sell air travel to and from Cuba. The news follows travel restrictions from the USA to Cuba being loosened and for the first time in years American travellers are planning to spend their holidays on the Caribbean island.

Travelport is a leading travel commerce platform that provides technology, distribution and other solutions for the global travel and tourism industry – allowing travel agencies, travel providers, developers and corporations to connect. The company is excited to be leading the way in making air travel to Cuba much more accessible to US citizens and travel agencies so that Americans can plan their trip to Cuba.

The Obama administration announced in January that it would be easing travel restrictions to Cuba for American citizens, but only those who travel to Cuba under 12 specific categories. For the first time in many years there is a tourism boom to Cuba and many Americans are planning a visit – perhaps curious about what they have been missing out on.

Travel agencies offering bookings to Cuba from the USA will be required to sign a contract amendment with Travelport before gaining access to any Cuba related travel content. This applies to all Travelport travel agencies in the USA including the North Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, Guam and American Samoa as well as the rest of the USA.

Once the travel agency has signed the contract amendment, Travelport will then allow the agency to search and sell air travel to and from Cuba. Access to flights to and from Cuba will be available for users of Worldspan and Apollo. These flight options will also be available for any Galileo-connected agents in future months.

Travelport will also be considering offering other travel options, including tours, car rentals, cruises and hotel packages for Cuba. It is currently evaluating these options to make sure that they are consistent with US law. If so, there will be many more options available in the future for American citizens who wish to travel to Cuba.


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