HAVANA: A flight from Miami, Florida, to Santa Clara, Cuba’s centre city, marked the reintroduction of American air service to destinations other than the island nation’s capital Havana.
According to sources, the step was taken after the US administration stated that restrictions on American citizens visiting the Caribbean nation will be eased.
According to ECASA, Cuba’s airport management corporation, US airlines will restore service to Camaguey, Holguin, Santiago de Cuba, and Santa Clara this month. In the next weeks, flights to five more destinations will restart, including the beach resorts of Varadero, Cayo Coco, and Cayo Largo, as well as the cities of Cienfuegos and Manzanillo.
For the time being, flights will depart from the Florida cities of Tampa and Miami, which are home to the bulk of Cubans living in the United States. In recent months, the US administration has announced the gradual restoration of consular services at the American Embassy in Havana, as well as a reduction in the remittance cap that Cuban Americans send to their families on the island.
During the previous US administration, American charter and regularly scheduled flights were prohibited to Havana in order to comply with heightened sanctions against the country.