Mexico´s Interjet Airlines Opens Weekly Flights to Central Cuba

Mexico´s Interjet Airline company it will operate two weekly flights as of July 14 to the central Cuban city of Santa Clara.

The announcement by the Cuban Tourism Ministry explains that the flights will be operated by A-330A airbus planes departing the Mexican capital.

Meanwhile, Interjet general director Jose Luis Garza stressed the opening of the new route to strengthen his company´s leadership in flights to the Caribbean nation.

The first flight will bring Interjet directives, tour operators and journalists and will be welcomed in Santa Clara by the local tourism authorities.

Mexico ranks 10th among Cuba´s tourist markets and the opening of the new Interjet connection joins others that connect Havana to Mexico City, Cancun, Merida and Monterrey, as well as another one between the Mexican capital and the popular tourist center of Varadero in western Cuba.

(Cuban News Agency)

US Authorizes Flights to Cuba to Eight Commercial Airlines

US Authorizes Flights to Cuba to Eight Commercial Airlines

The government of the United States authorized eight commercial airlines to fly to Havana officially, as announced by US Transport Secretary Anthony Foxx Thursday.

The airlines that obtained the authorization for flights to Havana are: Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines y United Airlines.

The flights to Havana by these US airlines will take off from airports in Atlanta (Georgia), Charlotte (North Carolina), Houston (Texas), Los Angeles (California), Newark (New Jersey), New York, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Orlando and Tampa (Florida).

United Airlines made pressure, unsuccessfully, for the creation of a direct flight from Havana to Washington DC to connect the two capitals and assure the transportation of diplomatics, politicians and congressmen.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the services were assigned to cities that have populations with significant presence of Cuban émigrés and important centers of air traffic.

In February, Cuba and United States signed an agreement to restore regular air service to the greater of the Antilles, which is still subject to numerous restrictions in laws that support the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by Washington for more than half a century.

(Prensa Latina)

Six US Airlines Receive Permission to Fly to Cuba

The Department of Transportation of the United States approved today six local commercial airlines to start flying to Cuba by the end of the year.

The companies that obtained the permission are American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Silver Airways, Southwest Airlines and Sun Country Airlines, and will fly to Cuba from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Chicago, Philadelphia and Minneapolis/ St. Paul.

Anthony Foxx, US Secretary of Transportation, greeted the resumption of flights interrupted by his country half a century ago.

The total number of airlines that applied for flight permits was 13. Their objective

The routes will be defined in mid-summer, said the Department of Transportation.

However, US citizens can not yet travel as tourists to Cuba due to the blockade imposed by Washington since 1962.

‘The authorization granted to US airlines shows the absurdity of such a ban,’ said James Williams, president of Engage Cuba, a group that seeks the end of the blockade and freedom for traveling to the island.

‘It makes no sense that Americans can book flights to Cuba, while according to the law they still can not legally travel to the island: the travel ban is an outdated relic of the Cold War era and it is time for Congress to act and end the travel ban’, Williams said.

(Prensa Latina)

German Airline Air Berlin To Fly to Havana

The German airline Air Berlin will shortly begin flights to Havana, adding two flights a week from Dusseldorf to the Cuban capital city, said the Ministry of Tourism (Mintur) in Cuba.

The new flights will start on May 28th, offering “excellent opportunities to continue strengthening ties between Cuba and Germany,” said Mintur.

Mintur said in a press conference that such actions confirm the preference of Germany for Cuban destinations.

According to Mintur, Air Berlin will operate twice a week, on Thursdays and Saturdays.

The new flights will have capacirty for more than 1,400 people each week, and the number of seats from Germany will increase to 4,700 after adding the flights of Condor and Eurowings, said Mintur.

According to Mintur, Germany is among the three main sources of tourists to Cuba. The number of German tourists in 2015 reached 175,264, for a 26-percent growth compared to 2014, said the source.

(Prensa Latina)

Minnesota lawmakers push for local airlines to fly to Cuba

Minnesota lawmakers push for local airlines to fly to Cuba

Minnesota senators and representatives called Tuesday on the US Department of Transportation to consider direct flights to Cuba by the local Sun Country Airlines.

According to Minnesota media, the request was made by senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, along with representatives Collin Peterson, Betty McCollum, Rick Nolan, Erik Paulsen, and Tom Emmer.

Washington and Havana recently signed a civil aviation agreement that includes regular flights giving US airlines access to 110 daily flights to the island, including 20 to the capital Havana.

Sun Country airlines is the only of its kind bidding for direct flights between Minnesota and Cuba, the reports say. “It is our hope that as you decide which airlines will operate the new daily flights to Cuba and, particularly, the 20 new flights to Havana, you will consider small American businesses like Sun Country Airlines,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, according to Minneapolis-based KMSP TV.

(Cuban News Agency)

Air China well-positioned to be pioneer in Cuba

After the US government lifted its 56-year embargo against Cuba in 2014, triggering a new round of investment on the island country, many US airlines have submitted applications to the US Department of Transportation to begin making commercial flights there.

In fact, before US airlines flocked to Cuba, Chinese carriers had already established a presence there. Air China started a direct route from Beijing to Havana at the end of 2015. The route, which flies three times a week, is the only direct route between the two countries.

United, American, Southwest, JetBlue and others have submitted letters urging the agency to approve as many as 20 daily round-trip flights to Havana and 10 daily round-trip flights to smaller airports around the country, according to media reports. The agency is expected to approve routes this summer.

As these US airlines fight over slots in Cuba, it makes one wonder what will be left for Chinese carriers.

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First Flight for Direct Postal Service with USA Arrives in Cuba

The direct postal service between the United States and Cuba was resumed today with the arrival to the Island of the first flight from US territory.

The Cuban Ministry of Foreign Relations Director General for US Affairs, Josefina Vidal, reported on her Twitter account @JosefinaVidalF that this was the first such trip between the two countries in nearly 50 years.

According to the Cuban News Agency (ANC), a little after 10:00 local time, a IBC Airways SAAB 340 arrived with postal cargo at the Jose Marti International Airport, Havana.

US Postal Security inspector, Carlos Rodriguez, symbolically gave President of Correos de Cuba, Carlos Asencio, a letter that reinstated the postal exchange between the two countries and a sample of the postmark designed for the occasion, which he described as history in the making.

First Vice President of Correos de Cuba, Zoraya Bravo, told ACN that the flights will come to Cuba from Miami, Florida, three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, as of March 25.

This will make possible the receipt and sending of mail, parcels and courier and express packages through post offices in both countries.

(Prensa Latina)