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Change dawns for Cuba as big US airlines get ready

July 24, 2015 Aviation, Headline News 1 Comment Print Print Email Email

egtmedia59The mass market is dawning for Cuba, which has long ranked as one of the most alluring and exotic of destinations.

The Cuban flag is flying again over the country’s Embassy in Washington DC. American Airlines, which operates charter flights between the US and Cuba, has said it is “ready” to begin scheduled service, and United Airlines has followed suit.http://www.rembrandtbkk.com/

Pent-up demand for travel by Americans to Cuba, after a trade embargo lasting for decades, is considered to be massive. Cuba is on America’s doorstep, in airline terms. Europeans (and Australians and Canadians) have had Cuban tourism largely to themselves for years – but that is about to change.

Here’s a statement from American’s chairman and chief executive, Doug Parker, published in the Dallas Morning News:

“The reopening of the United States and Cuban embassies in Havana and Washington is an important step toward building new commercial relationships and re-establishing scheduled air service between the US and Cuba. American Airlines has operated charter flights to Cuba for nearly 25 years and we stand ready to begin scheduled service when it’s allowed.”

United Airlines issued a similar statement: “United Airlines congratulates the US and Cuban governments on the historic reopening of their embassies today in both countries’ capitals, which have been closed for more than a half century. We look forward to continuing our constructive dialogue with both governments about providing our customers service between our two nations, subject to government approval.”

While scheduled flights to Cuba are not yet permitted from the US, American, its American Eagle partner Envoy Air, Swift Air and Sun Country Airlines run charters between Miami and Havana. JetBlue Airways flew charters from New York and Tampa to Havana at the weekend.

Written by Peter Needham

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  1. Brent says:

    My wife and I have just returned from a 10 day ‘Cuba before KFC’ self drive tour tacked on to our return from visiting our son in Canada. W made this decision due to the impending changes and met many other foreigners who were there for the same reason. This included Americans who had used the usual sneak in route and did not think the U.S. would impose the normal $5000 fine upon their return. These Americans fitted the before KFC and Maccas mould!

    Talking to local there is an optimistic thought, ‘Oh we won’t change’, whereas those within tourism in Cuba worry that Cuba will not meet many of the ‘expectations’ of the mass middle U.S. markets. Personally I would hate to be in Havana when one of those Caribbean cruises docked!!

    It is a stunning and vibrant destination. We have a music tour group about to hop over to Cuba from the Jamaican portion of the tour and ALL participants are so glad they are also ‘pre KFC’.

    I have a bit published on a blog page used for newsletter

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