today announced that Travelport travel agencies in the United States can now search, sell, and book air content for travel to and from Cuba.
Travelport’s announcement follows the new rules issued in January by the Obama administration that significantly eased travel restrictions to Cuba for U.S. citizens.
“U.S. travelers now have new opportunities for air travel to Cuba. Travelport’s technology provides travelers with choices, and we’re excited to be leading the way in making air travel to Cuba more accessible to travel agencies and U.S. citizens through Travelport’s travel commerce platform,” said Scott Hyden, Travelport’s group vice president and general manager, Americas.
In order to search and book air travel to Cuba, Travelport travel agencies in the United States—including American Samoa, Guam, North Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands—will be required to sign a contract amendment with Travelport before gaining access to Cuba travel air content.
Once a travel agency signs the contract amendment, Travelport will activate the agency to search and sell air travel to and from Cuba for travel authorized by the United States government. Access to flights to and from Cuba will be made live and bookable initially to users of Apollo and Worldspan and will be extended to Galileo-connected agents in the coming months.
Under the revised federal regulations, travel agencies will be able to book air travel only for customers traveling to Cuba under the 12 categories of authorized travel. Travelport will continue to evaluate its options regarding other content (including hotel, car, cruise or tour content), consistent with U.S. law.