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.