U.S. Customs approves flights between Puerto Rico and Cuba


[Many thanks to Michael O’Neal for bringing this article to our attention.] U.S. Customs and Border Patrol approved the start of direct flights between Puerto Rico’s Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport and Cuba, according to local Ports Authority officials.

LMM is part of a very short list of airports — along with seven others, including John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Los Angeles International Airport, and Miami International Airport — authorized to fly to the neighboring island nation. The new market opens doors for carriers to launch routes between the islands, something Panamá-based Copa Airlines expressed interest in doing, in a press conference earlier this year.

“We’re celebrating. This is an excellent opportunity for Puerto Rico,” Ports Authority Executive Director Alberto Escudero said. “New routes are opened for travel and without a doubt it will result in an improvement for the air industry, tourism and the economy.” [. . .]

The approval of the new points of traffic between Cuba and the U.S. responds to the Obama administration’s vow to loosen travel restrictions, to allow students and church groups to travel to the communist country that has been under economic embargo for nearly 50 years.

The CBP’s approval comes a day after the World Economic Forum’s Centre for Global Competitiveness and Performance released a survey ranking Puerto Rico among the world’s 50 most competitive travel and tourism destinations. [. . .]

For full article, see http://newsismybusiness.com/u-s-customs-approves-flights-between-p-r-cuba/

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