Airlines and Aviation
Airline announces plans to launch weekly non-stop flight flights linking New York City with Havana, Cuba. The flights complement existing service linking Havana with 2 cities in Florida.
JetBlue Airways will launch a weekly non-stop charter flight between New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and JFK and Jose Marti International Airport in Havana, Cuba, on 3 July 2015.
Cuba Travel Services will charter the weekly flights, which will be operated by JetBlue Airways using 150-seat Airbus A320 aircraft.
The flight follows a relaxation in ties between the United States and Cuba in January 2015, which made it easier for U.S. citizens to fly to the island nation, which had suffered a U.S. trade embargo for more than half a century.
Diplomatic ties between the 2 countries were broken soon after the Cuban Revolution of 1959. An trade embargo against Cuba was implemented in 1961.
Both Florida and New York are home to large Cuban-American communities. With non-stop flights from the Big Apple, people living in the Tri-State area will be able to fly directly to Cuba without having to change planes in Florida, saving both time and money.
The airline started flying charter flights from the United States to Cuba in 2011. It currently flies to the island 4 times a week from 2 airports in Florida: Tampa International Airport (TPA) and Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL).
The capital of Cuba, Havana attracts more than 1 million tourists per year. The relaxation of ties between Cuba and the United States should see that figure rise considerably.
Cuba was a popular travel destination for Americans before the country became a "no go" zone in 1961.
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