WASHINGTON.—The President for the Engage Cuba group James Williams applauded the approval by the U.S Transport Department allowing six U.S airlines to flight to Cuba.
According to Williams, who leads this group that defends the elimination of the economic, commercial and financial blockade that the United States has been imposing on Cuba during more than 50 years, the reestablishment of commercial flights to Cuba is an important pace in the normalization of relations between the two countries, PL reported.
«This will allow to provide better service and cheaper rates for U.S travelers, » he noted.
The president of Engage Cuba highlighted that the announcement by the Transport Department shows that the travel ban to Cuba «is an obsolete relic from the Cold War time, » and it's time for Congress to act and end this prohibition.
The U. S Transport Department approved last Friday the requests by six local airlines for performing direct commercial flights to Cuba before the end of the year.
The authorized companies are American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Silver Airways, Southwest Airlines and Sun Country Airlines, and these airlines will fly to Cuba from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Chicago, Philadelphia and Minneapolis / St. Paul.
The U. S Transport Secretary Anthony Foxx greeted the resumption of flights that his country had interrupted half a century ago, and whose restoration was agreed by both Governments in Havana last February.
In total, 13 airlines applied for flight permissions, with the aim of making ten daily round-trip flights between the Cuba and the United States, in keeping with the process to normalize bilateral relations, announced on December 17, 2014.
The definition of the routes will be notified in mid-summer, the U.S Transport Department said, while the prohibition for US citizens to travel as tourists to Cuba persists because of the blockade that Washington keeps in force since 1962, PL reported.