US Airlines to Start Cuba Flights
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US Airlines to Start Cuba Flights

Six US airlines have been licensed to operate up to 155 round-trip flights per week to Cuba, potentially opening up a new era for mass tourism, AFP reported. The US Department of Transportation announced the licenses on Friday, as the former Cold War foes continue to negotiate a new relationship now that decades of enmity are over. “Last year, US President Barack Obama announced that it was time to begin a new journey with the Cuban people,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said. “Today, we are delivering on his promise by re-launching scheduled air service to Cuba after more than half a century.” Cuba and the United States restored diplomatic ties in July 2015 after a long stand-off, and in February this year agreed to resume flights. On Friday, Foxx awarded licenses to American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue, Silver Airways, Southwest and Sun Country Airlines.

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