CheapAir records increase in demand for direct charter flights to Cuba

Posted: 27-Aug-15 08:21

Jeff Klee, the CEO of CheapAir, says that the charter flight business between the United States and Cuba is "going well". The company offers direct charter flights to Cuba from Miami, Tampa and New York and has partnered with Cuba Travel Services which has a licence to offer non-stop public charter flights between the two countries.

CheapAir records increase in demand for direct charter flights to Cuba

The charter flight business between the United States and Cuba is "going well" according to Jeff Klee, the CEO of CheapAir.

His company began offering flights to Cuba in April this year and is the first and only Online Travel Agent (OTA) that offers direct charter flights bookable online to the Caribbean island from Miami, New York and Tampa.

The company operates the flights with Cuba Travel Services, a licenced Travel Service Provider that can offer direct flights between the two countries. Talking about the recent surge in demand Mr Klee explained:

"The most popular originating city is Miami, with flights on American, Sun Country and Swift Air."

CheapAir was the first OTA to offer flights to Cuba on scheduled carriers in February this year, but they weren't that popular with travellers because they required a stop-off in third countries including Jamaica, Mexico, Panama and the Bahamas.

"Those flights didn't sell very well," commented Mr Klee, he continued: "We got inquiries, but the fares were high, connections were bad, and travellers often had to overnight before getting to Cuba."

Americans travelling to Cuba can only do so under 12 categories that include cultural, .educational, or professional purposes, and the trips must be booked through licenced travel agencies or tour operators.

Prior to booking their flights, travellers have to specify their reason for their visit to Cuba on a U.S. government form, and this is passed on to Cuba Travel Services. regarding this special situation Mr Klee explained:

"The two most popular categories that are checked on the form are travel for educational reasons or professional research. It's sort of the honour system. Travellers have to keep their travel documents for five years in case anyone checks."

Cuba is a Caribbean island nation that boasts stunning natural landscapes made up of miles of pristine white sandy beaches, the second-largest barrier reef in the world, turquoise ocean waters, and lush national parks.

Last month, embassies were reopened in Washington and Havana for the first time in more than 50 years, following an announcement by President Obama that diplomatic relations were to be resumed between the two countries.


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