HAVANA – A JetBlue flight from Boston landed in Havana on Saturday, when the US airline expanded its routes to…
HAVANA – A JetBlue flight from Boston landed in Havana on Saturday, when the US airline expanded its routes to Cuba despite the US visitors being hit by tensions between the countries.
The aircraft with more than 120 passengers on board was received with flags from both countries at the Jose Marti airport in Cuba’s capital.
“From the first day we have been willing to commit ourselves to this island in the long run,” said Giselle Cortes, head of international airports at JetBlue. “We have been the only one who has not interrupted any stretches but has added Havana to Boston.”
Commercial flights between the countries ended six months ago during the Cold War. However, they resumed in 201
6 among the approach between Washington and Cuba that followed the 2014 return of diplomatic relations under the Obama administration.
But Donald Trump took over the US presidency and imposed a new restriction on trips to Cuba.
The number of American visitors to the island dropped. A Cuban report shows that the number of Americans visiting the island in the first quarter of 2018 fell by 43 percent compared with the same period last year.
Airlines like Alaska, Spirit, Frontier and Delta lost service to Cuba due to weak demand.
In addition to Boston, Jetblue also has flights to Cuba from Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and New York.
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