JetBlue to launch new charter flight to Cuba in December

Posted: 06-Oct-15 15:32

JetBlue will add a second charter flight between New York and Havana in Cuba in December, ahead of the anticipated opening of commercial air travel between the two countries. The new direct charter flight will be launched in partnership with Cuba Travel Services, an agency that is licenced to organise flights to the Caribbean island.

JetBlue to launch new charter flight to Cuba in December

The U.S airline JetBlue will be adding a second charter flight to Cuba to its offerings in December.

The airline will launch the non-stop route between New York and Havana, ahead of the anticipated opening of commercial flights between the United States and Cuba.

Starting on Tuesday 1st December, 2015, the return flights will be in partnership with Cuba Travel Services, which is licenced by the American government to organise flights to Cuba.

JetBlue and Cuba Travel Services currently operate another flight between John F. Kennedy Airport in New York and Havana in Cuba.

Following more than five decades of hostilities between the two countries, diplomatic relations have been resumed and embassies opened in Havana and Washington in July 2015.

U.S. airlines are still prohibited from selling tickets for Cuba flights, but they are permitted to operate the aircraft for charter companies that have been authorised by the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control. They can sell travel to Cuba for travellers that meet one of the 12 approved categories set by the Obama administration that include educational, cultural, and religious purposes.

If a civil aviation agreement has been put in place by the end of December, 2015, scheduled commercial airline flights could start as early as 2016 which will open up the gates for American travellers.

With more than two million visitors in the first half of 2015, Cuba is expecting to reach its three million visitor target by the end of the year, and it could even reach a four-million-mark in 2015 if the industry grows at the recent steady rate.

Located south of the United States in the in the Caribbean Sea, the island nation boasts popular tourist destinations such as the historic capital city, Havana; the stunning Jardines del Rey archipelago with virgin cays and turquoise ocean waters and coral reefs; the Spanish Colonial city of Trinidad; and the popular beach resort of Varadero with 21 kilometres of coastline and white sandy beaches.


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