U.S. to restore commercial air travel to Cuba

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The U.S. government will announce Tuesday that it has signed an agreement with Cuba to restore commercial air travel between the two countries, according to a notice sent to Capitol Hill offices.

“This arrangement establishes scheduled air service of up to 30 daily direct flights between the U.S. and Cuba, will facilitate authorized travel, enhanced traveler choices, and strengthen people-to-people links between the two countries,” according to the notice sent by the Department of Transportation to congressional offices.

The agreement allows for 20 flights between the U.S. and Havana, and 10 flights to nine other Cuban airports, according to media reports.

Airlines will apply to fly between the two countries, and DOT will select which airline will operate the service, according to the notice.

The U.S. and Cuba announced in December 2014 that they would begin to normalize relations. The U.S. reopened its embassy in Havana, and the Cuban embassy reopened in Washington, D.C.

The Transportation Department declined to comment.

(Politico.com)

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