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It’s official: American Airlines looks to resume five more flights to destinations in Cuba

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American Airlines asked the U.S. Department of Transportation for clearance to resume five more flights to destinations in Cuba, outside Havana

Experts said the move could broadly open commercial air travel to the island, after strict limitations had been imposed in December 2019 by the former Trump administration to squash Cuban tourism.

The Biden administration lifted those limits on June 2. If federal permission is granted, American will start flight service in November between Miami and Santa Clara, Holguin, Matanzas/Varadero, Camagüey, and Santiago de Cuba.

American Airlines said last Friday in a prepared statement the additional flights to Cuba will “enhance service and access between the United States and other cities outside of Havana, as well as offer the best connectivity to Cuba via American’s Miami hub.”

In addition to American in South Florida, Southwest and JetBlue also operate flights to Havana from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. In 2016, travel to Cuba opened under the Obama administration, when the transportation department approved six U.S. airlines to fly to nine destinations there.

The Trump administration three years ago largely preserved the Obama-era strategy, when then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ordered the transportation department to stop all non-Havana flights.

US Press.

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