Aircraft from the US to Cuba!
Hello, or should I say Hola !! It is Jamaica Urban Legend here with news on Cuba. Now Cuba is a country that is opening up to the world. Various cities have announced that they will be the ones offering flights to Cuba. After more than two months of sifting through commercial airlines proposals to operate flights to Cuba, transportation officials have selected 90 daily roundtrip routes to the island nation.
This signals a whole new beginning with Cuba and the rest of the world, as folks will be here to see the tourists attractions and various sights and sounds.
By the end of this year, officials said travellers will be able to book flights to Cuba from five American cities, including Philadelphia. None of the New York City and New Jersey airports were among those named.
But Fridays announcement still left a large question mark for one significant, and most likely popular, destination: Havana.
Twenty daily roundtrips remain unassigned to the Cuban capital, and the U.S. Department of Transportation says its inundated with nearly 60 requests from U.S. carriers. The DOT said it expects to assign routes later this summer.
So, theres still a chance for New York City-area airports — John F. Kennedy International Airport being one of the first to run charter flights on JetBlue to Cuba — to offer flights to Havana.
The low-cost carrier Frontier will offer eight round trips per week to Cuba from Philadelphia on an Airbus A320 aircraft, which can carry just over 180 passengers.
Four flights will operate between Philadelphia International Airport and Camagüey, three to Santa Clara, and one Saturday roundtrip to Matanzas.
Overall, fliers are happier than ever with their airline carriers, a current trend in the travel industry, according to studies.
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the announcement on June 10 delivered on President Obamas promise last year to “begin a new journey with the Cuban people.”
American Airlines, JetBlue, Silver Airways, Southwest Airlines and Sun Country Airlines will also begin to offer service from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Chicago and Minneapolis/St. Paul as early as this fall.
Until a final list is announced sometime in the next few months, New Jersey residents intent on making the trip to Cuba this fall should plan to head out of one of the five cities approved by the U.S. DOT last week.
The routes will fly roundtrip to Camagüey, Cayo Coco, Cayo Largo, Cienfuegos, Holguín, Manzanillo, Matanzas, Santa Clara and Santiago de Cuba.
The Miami Herald reported Tuesday the inaugural flight from Miami is scheduled for Sept. 7, but its still pending Cuban approval.
The flights were announced nearly four months after the two countries signed an agreement to establish 110 daily roundtrip services 20 between Havana and U.S. cities and 10 to each of Cubas other nine international airports.
Author: Ricardo – Jamaica