Flight prices to Cuba set to halve once travel embargo clears

Posted: 24-Mar-16 11:46

Despite the two countries' close proximity, flying to Cuba from America has long been a costly endeavour for U.S. citizens. However, with the prohibitive travel restrictions that previously regulated passage to the island nation now set to be lifted, experts estimate that American tourists could see their fares slashed by virtually 50%.

Flight prices to Cuba set to halve once travel embargo clears

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few months, you'll be aware that President Barack Obama have just left Cuba after a diplomatic visit, with travel one of the top items on his agenda.

Previously, American tourists could only visit Cuba under the premise of 12 pre-approved travel criteria, but a relaxation of the rules to include personal trips that can be self-determined to meet these restrictions and require no advance license has resulted in a 500% spike in search traffic.

With many U.S. airline companies also currently in the negotiation process to offer more commercial routes to Cuba, experts are predicting that when the travel restrictions have been completely lifted, flight prices could come tumbling down by almost 50% - a forecast that will no doubt be welcomed by American tourists who currently pay an average fare of $717 for a round trip to the country.

The road less travelled

Until these whole-scale changes come into effect, however, U.S. citizens will still have to search for alternative means to cut the cost of their flights; with one of the most popular methods for Americans who are situated close to country's main borders being to fly from Mexico or Canada.

At an average price of $576 for a round trip to Cuba from Mexico City, it is already proving more cost effective for those in the south to make a two-step flight to the island, while those living closer to the Canadian border can save even further on the cost of their flights with a $480 trip from Toronto.

While these travel arrangements can result in savings in excess of $200, they can be time-consuming and are not ideal for those situated in the central American states. Thankfully, however, the continued negotiations between America and Cuba could see more regular, cheaper flights from a whole host of U.S. airports later in the summer, making visiting the island easier than ever before.


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