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Direct flights from JFK New York to Havana Cuba begin

Posted December 19, 2006 by publisher in Cuba Travel.
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WABC Eyewitness News

Traveling to Havana, Cuba just got easier. Non-stop flights between New York’s JFK and Havana, Cuba began taking off.

But as Eyewitness News reporter Phil Lipof reports, the flights aren’t open to everyone.

Terminal Four at JFK. It looks like any other day. But if you look closer, you’ll see that the departure screen reads “Havana.”

For the first time, direct flights from New York to Cuba are available.

“We’re very happy to provide this service so passengers can fly directly,” said Rick Reposa, of C & T Charters, Inc. “They don’t have to go through Miami.”

Reposa is CFO of C & T Charters, which is the company offering the service. It is sanctioned by both the Cuban and U.S. Governments.

The flights have been leaving Miami since 1991. But New Jersey is home to the seconds largest Cuban-American community in the country.

So JFK was an obvious choice.

At one Cuban restaurant in Union City, there were mixed reactions to the flight.

“I would like to go to my country to see my friends, all the family that I have there,” Cuban-American Susan Hernandez said. “But I don’t want to go back with Castro there. I don’t want to give Castro my money.”

Cuban-American Rigoberto Bagarotti says he would go in a heartbeat, and adds he is disgusted by the U.S. embargo.

“I have half my family living over here, and the other half living in Cuba,” he said.

He and many others say it’s also not fair that in the past, travelers would have to fly to Miami first.

There will be two more flights in December, on the 24th before Christmas and the 31st before New Year’s. After that, they are scheduled every two weeks.

The company says the flights will increase as demand does.

Member Comments

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On December 20, 2006, MiamiCuban wrote:

It’s about time!

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On April 27, 2007, Horst Klaus wrote:

We want to return to Veradero again after 2 visits last year. We particularly enjoyed the relative safety and the friendly people. And no daily gun violence. It is a pitty how Americans and even Canadians are often misinformed about Cuba.

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On September 18, 2008, Ed Santiago wrote:

Hello, my name is Eddie…I am seeking information on how I can reach what is the soonest I can get a flight to Cuba.  My cousin lives there and he and his family has been devastated by the Hurricane..(He is literally homeless with no one to help).  If their is any information that you can give me I will be very appreciative.  Thank You.

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On February 12, 2011, Cristina Blanc Szanton wrote:

My friend Marcia Sarkin and myself would like to find a charter flight to Cuba possibly from New York. Could you let us know when one of these flights become available? Your article said there should be one every two weeks but I do not see anything advertised in your website. How can I learn about them? What is the cost?

I have an Italian passport but my friend has a US one.

Please let us know. Regards

Cristina Blanc Szanton