Maria Saporta | Atlanta Business Chronicle
People will soon be able to fly to Cuba from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.
Marazul, the oldest and most experienced charter and travel agency serving Cuba in the United States, has an agreement with Delta Air Lines to begin direct charter flights from Atlanta to Havana.
Both Marazul and Delta have received all the necessary approvals in Cuba and the United States to begin this service.
HAVANA JOURNAL PUBLISHER COMMENTS IN CAPS: APPROVAL FROM THE US AND CUBAN GOVERNMENTS ARE EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO MENTION HERE. WITHOUT BOTH APPROVALS, THIS ARTICLE WOULD SIMPLY BE A PRESS RELEASE.
“We’re excited to be partnering with Marazul on flights between Atlanta and Cuba,” said Trebor Banstetter, a Delta spokesman. “It reinforces Atlanta’s status as Delta’s global gateway, where we currently offer flights to more than 70 international destinations in 47 countries.”
The ability for Marazul and Delta to begin charter flights to Cuba is as a result of new U.S.-Cuban travel regulations that allowed nine new U.S. airports to serve as points of departure and arrival for direct flights to and from Cuba. Before the ruling, the only three U.S. airports authorized to have flights serving Cuba were in Miami, San Francisco CORRECTION… AUTHOR MEANS LOS ANGELES and New York JFK.
In addition to Atlanta, the other airports that received approval were Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, Baltimore, Chicago, New Orleans, Dallas, Houston and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
“There is great excitement about these new flights and we are working hard to complete all necessary regulatory and business steps so we can begin air service to Cuba from Atlanta as soon as possible—we hope before the end of the year,” Marazul President Armando Garcia said in a statement.
Angelo Fuster, who has been working as a consultant for Marazul in Atlanta, said the charter company would sell the seats, and the service would be on Delta’s planes operated by Delta’s crew.
DELTA IS THE ONLY MAJOR US CARRIER TO OFFER ANY FLIGHTS TO CUBA. THERE ARE ONLY ABOUT 30 LICENSED CARRIER SERVICE PROVIDERS OF WHICH THE ONLY OTHER MAJOR NATIONAL CARRIERS ARE AMERICAN AIRLINES AND CONTINENTAL AIRLINES.
SO, CONGRATULATIONS TO DELTA FOR HAVING THE COURAGE AND BUSINESS SENSE TO GET INTO THE CUBA ARENA AND ALSO CONGRATULATIONS TO MARAZUL FOR ANOTHER BIG WIN FOR THE COMPANY.