Last week, the United States and Cuba signed a deal providing for the establishment of regular flights between the two countries. U.S. air carriers must apply for an allocation of the limited scheduled passenger and cargo flights. The arrangement is part of the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba, which commenced in 2014 and provides for the first scheduled flights between the two countries in more than 50 years. Under the arrangement, each country will have the opportunity to operate up to 20 daily round trip flights between the United States and Havana, as well as up to 10 daily round trip flights between the United States and each of Cuba’s nine other international airports. Applications from domestic air carriers are due in March. Many of the major domestic air carriers have indicated that they are interested in applying for an allocation of these flights. Although U.S. tourism in Cuba is still barred, visitors to Cuba can qualify under one of the twelve loosely interpreted categories authorized by the U.S. government.
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