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Regular Commercial Flights Approved To Cuba


The United States Transportation Department approved commercial flights to Cuba for the first time since the trade embargo was enacted in 1961. There have been charter flights to Cuba for some years but they were expensive and hard to get a ticket. When I’ve gone to Cuba I’ve flown through Mexico, even though it is legal for me to go, because it is actually cheaper. But now, hopefully, there will be a dramatic drop in prices. Six commercial airlines were given permission to offer flights including American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways Corp, Silver Airways, Southwest Airlines, and Sun Country Airlines. They can each offer up to ten flights a day. The flights will leave from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Minneapolis/St. Paul. It sucks for me because they aren’t flying from New York City. I guess I’m going to Philly.

This is a significant step in the right direction. With the easing in relations between the United States and Cuba that President Obama and Raul Castro began a year and a half ago, it was only a matter of time before flights were made easier. I have faith, perhaps unfounded, that soon the embargo will be lifted all together. That’s when the floodgates will open…for better or worse.

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