US President Barack Obama would very much like to go to Cuba, he told media in December, one year after the US announced it was starting to re-establish
diplomatic relations with Havana.
Te president is not alone. For many Americans,
Cuba is on their bucket-list of want-to-see destinations
and the number of American visitors to Cuba is already
on a sharp upturn despite continued restrictions. US
airlines, meanwhile, are keen to enable those vacations
by starting scheduled services to the Caribbean island
as soon as possible. Cuba and the US announced an
historic bilateral arrangement Dec. 17 to establish
scheduled air services between the two countries.
American Airlines, United Airlines and JetBlue Airways
were among the frst US carriers to say they would seek
approval to begin scheduled services as soon as possible.
Te agreement means that charter operations can
continue between the US and Cuba and scheduled
services can begin, although no timeline was given.
The opening of US-Cuba aviation restrictions could
unleash a vast market. BY KAREN WALKER