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Posted March 08, 2011 by publisher in Legal Travel to Cuba

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Rob Sequin | Havana Journal

The Obama Administration continues to open travel to Cuba for more Americans.

For many years, the only airports in the US that were allowed to offer charter flights to Cuba were JFK in New York, LAX in Los Angeles and Miami International Airport.

Soon Cuban Americans and Americans traveling to Cuba for “purposeful” travel will have the opportunity to fly out of Tampa, Atlanta, San Juan Puerto Rico, Dallas, Chicago, Baltimore and Pittsburgh.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport

Hartsfield-Jackson is the largest hub in the United States and more than 80% of the US population is within a two hour flight from Atlanta. Flights between Atlanta airport and Cuba are expected to be available by summer 2011 or early fall.

Tampa International Airport

The Tampa Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the most with this latest news since businesses and politicians have been working for several years to make non-stop flights to Cuba from Tampa a reality.

Cuban-Americans in Tampa and businesses conducting legal trade with Cuba can now save time and money by flying nonstop to Cuba from Tampa.

Tampa’s relationship with Cuba dates back to 1539 when Hernando de Soto sailed from Cuba to Tampa Bay. According to the 2009 American Community Survey, the Tampa Bay region is home to more than 90,000 Cuban-Americans, the third largest population behind Miami and New Jersey.

More US Cuba travel information

Cuba Standard writes a nice summary of this recent news about more airports being granted the ability to offer service to Cuba and Florida officials want to get approval to offer ferry service to Cuba (be sure to scroll down on that page to read pages 2 and 3 of the article.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on March 09, 2011 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    New Orleans was also approved.

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  2. Follow up post #2 added on March 10, 2011 by bernie with 199 total posts

    USA air travel companies are scrambling to make a profit, due to many people refusing to fly, since
    the TSA invaded our airports with draconian methods of protecting us from terrorists???  As
    small as the market is to Cuba they thought it might improve their bottom line, with these captive travelers???

    The author of this article should have added the cost of traveling to Cuba from each of these airports???

  3. Follow up post #3 added on March 10, 2011 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Fort Lauderdale is now approved too.

    By JUAN CARLOS CHAVEZ |  El Nuevo Herald

    The U.S. government on Thursday said it will allow regular commercial flights to Havana from Fort Lauderdale- Hollywood International Airport — all part of the an easing of travel restrictions to the island by the Obama administration.

    It’s unclear which carrier will offer the flights, but the Broward County airport now has permission to schedule them.

    In recent years, only charter flights from Miami to the island have been allowed.

    “We still don’t know exactly when the flights will begin, but they have been approved,’’ said Greg Meyer spokesman for the airport. “We asked for permission on Jan. 28 and were optimistic they would be approved. These will be regular service to the island as opposed to charter flights.”


    Interesting that this airport will be able to offer regular service and not just charter flights? First I’ve heard of that. I don’t see how it is possible since people have to buy tickets from travel service providers.

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  4. Follow up post #4 added on March 11, 2011 by publisher with 3905 total posts


    Service to Cuba will not be regular commercial service but rather one of charter flights through an air company based in Coral Gables called Airline Brokers.

    This company will offer two flights per week beginning this spring or at the start of the summer.

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  5. Follow up post #5 added on March 12, 2011 by tanya rosario

    Even though travel will be permitted through these airports, are special visa and travel documents required?

  6. Follow up post #6 added on March 17, 2011 by Dana Garrett with 252 total posts

    I still don’t understand why I need a “purposeful” reason to visit Cuba beyond the simple purpose that I would like to meet some people in Cuba and see their country.

  7. Follow up post #7 added on May 06, 2011 by shan brindle

    I have cuban canadians that would like to fly miami to havanna non-stop and have been told this is possible. Can you give me any more information on this, as it is not something we are used to doing.
    many thanks,

  8. Follow up post #8 added on May 06, 2011 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    There are several flights a day from Miami to Havana and there are no restrictions on Cuban Canadians that I know of.

    If you want to learn more about flights to Cuba and tours to Cuba, our Cuba trips sister site offers more information.

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