Villa Clara Airport prepared to receive first US scheduled flights to Cuba

Posted: 23-Aug-16 09:34

Villa Clara's "Abel Santamaria" Airport (SNU) declares itself ready to receive more passengers this year, as tourist income to the island shoots up with new direct flights from the US. On 31st August JetBlue will be the first American carrier to land in the central province, to be quickly followed by American Airlines in September.

Villa Clara Airport prepared to receive first US scheduled flights to Cuba

Cuba has spent the first half of 2016 preparing itself for the record-breaking influx of tourists that is to visit the island this year as regular direct flights from the US re-establish their service after more than fifty years. Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport already began improvement and renovation works under the French state-controlled firm, Aeroports de Paris, whilst the smaller Abel Santamaria aerodrome in the central province of Villa Clara has already declared it is prepared to welcome more flights.

The first direct US flight to arrive in Santa Clara, Villa Clara’s capital city, will do so in a matter of days on 31st August and will be operated by JetBlue. Shortly after, American Airlines will launch its own regular service to the island as September begins. Nonetheless, all this attention and growing investments have not only come from the US. Italian airline Neos, is part of other international carriers that have recently taken interest in flying to Santa Clara. The airline took its first flight to the northern region last year, taking 200 tour operators and travel agents from Milan to Abel Santamaria International Airport (SNU), as part of an “exploratory trip”.

The airport’s terminal director, Omar Andres Gil declared that staff training was part of the measures taken to ensure better airplane movement and coordination. Gil went on to point out how the number of passengers that have visited in the recent years has significantly increased, a fact that is strongly related to the development of Cayo Santa Maria, one of the province’s stunning sandy keys.

At present, most of the passengers come from Canada, the US, Latin American countries, Spain, Italy and Germany, through experienced carriers like Panama’s Copa Airlines. Client satisfaction seems to be right on target, as the airport’s commercial expert, Surelys Pino, explained that according to the polls carried out in 2015, 98% of people were happy with the airfield’s services.

Villa Clara’s Abel Santamaria Airport began its operations as an international aerodrome on 23rd December, 2001 and received various funds to improve the terminals. In 2006, investments were put into place for a considerable enlargement of services and facilities in order to be able to receive a larger number of airplanes.


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