Florida-based tour operator announces charters flights from Baltimore to Havana

Posted: 22-Aug-15 16:49

Island and Travel Tours, a Florida-based tour operator, recently announced it would offer direct charter service from Baltimore to Havana. Flights will depart from BWI Airport twice a week, from 30th September.

Florida-based tour operator announces charters flights from Baltimore to Havana

In the midst of the thaw, Island Travel and Tours has declared it will offer non-stop charter flight service between Baltimore and Havana. Given the newly-established diplomatic ties between the US and Cuba, travel becomes a logic and necessary step to ensure peaceful cooperation and exchange between the two countries.

The Florida-based tour operator's announcement comes after many other companies and airlines have made their move to provide more regular Cuba-US travel; in the beginning of July, JetBlue Airways began to offer direct flights from New York to the Havana and American Airlines announced charter flights from Los Angeles just last week.

Flights will depart twice a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays, from the BWI-Marshall Airport and arrive at the Jose Marti International Airport (HAV) in Havana. Travellers can fly to the island from 30th September and will require visas as well as a reservation form and signed travel affidavit. Journeys will take no longer than three hours and the 737-300 airplanes used for the flights can carry up to 126 passengers, which comprise 114 coach seats and 12-first class spots.

According to the President of Island Travel and Tours, William J. Hauf, the company has been trying to add charter service from Baltimore since 2000, but did not receive approval from the government to do so.

Hauf expressed that there was no better time to engage in business with Cuba than right now, as he expects that more flights between the two nations will help normalise relations in general; and service from Baltimore, in particular, would facilitate the journeys' of U.S. officials that currently need to travel through an indirect route to Havana for negotiations.

Mr Hauf commented to the Baltimore Sun:

"We've been wanting to fly from Baltimore to Havana for 15 years, but we've had to wait for the market to improve. We're hopeful that these flights will be very popular and that we can fill them and perhaps add other ones."

This isn't the company's first initiative regarding Cuba. Island Travel and Tours already began offering direct and non-stop services from Orlando to Havana in July, as well as direct flights from Miami to Havana since May.


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