Local Florida travel agency to offer new flights to Cuba

Posted: 25-Sep-15 10:17

A travel agency in Florida has teamed up with two airlines to offer flights between Naples and Fort Myers in the United States and the Caribbean island of Cuba. Por Cuba Viajo Express will offer special packages to the island and will also handle reservations for both Choice Aire and Gulf Coast Airways.

Local Florida travel agency to offer new flights to Cuba

A U.S travel agency has joined forces with two airlines to operate flights between Florida and Cuba.

Naples-based Por Cuba Viajo Express has partnered with Gulf Coast Airways and Choice Aire to operate flights to Cuba from Naples and Fort Myers in the U.S.

The travel agency will be booking reservations for both of the airlines and will also be offering Cuba packages for U.S residents. Yaselqui Salvador, the vice president of Por Cuba Viajo Express, explained:

"We create packages with the hotel and the airfare. You know Cuba is rich in culture and history. It is a place with the friendliest people. It's also the safest place to visit in the Caribbean."

From 2nd November, 2015, Choice Aire will launch nonstop scheduled flights between Fort Myers and Cuba from Southwest Florida International Airport on Mondays and Fridays. Mr Salvador also commented:

"Flights will be open to the general public, for the U.S. citizens to fly to Cuba, under the 12 categories of traveling. It means education. It means religious. It means sports. It means people to people, research."

Gulf Coast Airways currently offers on demand charter flights on smaller planes to Cuba from Naples Municipal Airport (APF), with a connection in Key West through another small carrier that will take passengers on to Havana.

To travel to Cuba, U.S residents will need a passport, a form stating their reasons for visiting the island, and a visa that can be arranged by the travel agency for $85.

Salvador said that he expects there to be strong interest in the flights, particularly from Cuban-American residents who live in Florida and are keen visit family back home. Talking to Aviation Pros Mr Salvador left below comment:

"There are around 45,000 Cubans in Southwest Florida. There are a lot of Americans who are really interested in Cuba and discovering Cuba before it changes."

President Obama has relaxed travel restrictions on travel to Cuba for American residents, and though tourism has not yet been approved as a reason to visit the country, Americans can visit for educational, religious, academic and cultural and family purposes across 12 categories, without having to obtain a licence.


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