Scheduled flights between U.S and Cuba could be in operation by end of 2015

Posted: 17-Nov-15 10:20

Scheduled flights between the United States and Cuba could happen by the end of the year, according to a senior Cuban official. However, if the direct flights are agreed over the next few weeks, American travellers will still have to travel to the island under the 12 categories established because of the U.S embargo that currently bans general tourism to Cuba and which is still in place despite concessions and the easing of part of the previously strict legislation.

Scheduled flights between U.S and Cuba could be in operation by end of 2015

U.S residents could travel to Cuba via scheduled flights before the end of the year if agreements are made over the next few weeks.

According to a Cuban official, if an agreement is made by the United States and Cuba, the postal service and direct flights could be restored as early as December, following decades of diplomatic hostilities between the two countries.

Josefina Vidal, Cuba’s Foreign Ministry's chief of US affairs and head of the Cuban delegation in the talks, revealed:

"We are very close to the first agreements or arrangements that we could be able to announce in the next few weeks,"

Agreements will also cover environmental protection, the fight against drug trafficking, and aviation safety and security. The US Federal Aviation Administration and Transportation Security Administration must also sign off flights between the U.S and Cuba.

If scheduled flights to Cuba are agreed, Americans will still be limited under the restrictions of the U.S economic embargo that bans general tourism to the island.

The lifting of the embargo has been supported by U.S President Barack Obama, who has already eased restrictions on travel, trade and investment, but the final decision is down to the US Congress.

Just weeks ago we shared the news that the first Atlanta-Havana direct flgiht route appeared confirmed in GDS, to be operated by American airline, Delta.

U.S travellers can visit the Caribbean island through people to people programmes and tours within 12 categories, such as education, culture, and religion that have been organised by licensed U.S tour operators.

Embassies opened in Washington and Havana in July this year, following more than five decades of hostilities between the two countries.

U.S. airlines are still prohibited from selling tickets for flights to Cuba, 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. Thanks to this many have risen to the ocassion with quite a selection of charter flights now departing from various points in the U.S. and flying to Havana, Cuba.

Cuba is an island nation situated in the Caribbean Sea, south of the United States. The country is home to popular tourist destinations such as the historic capital city, Havana; the breathtaking Jardines del Rey archipelago which boasts virgin cays, azure ocean waters and thriving coral reefs; the Spanish Colonial city of Trinidad; and the beach resort of Varadero with 21 kilometres of coastline and white sandy beaches.


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