BWI to begin flights to Cuba in March


An airline based in Tampa, Florida will begin offering charter flights to Cuba from March 2012, in a move that adds yet another route between the US and the Caribbean country.

This year, federal authorities in the US authorised weekly direct flights to Havana as long-running travel restrictions to and from the country were relaxed, the Washington Post reports.

“We look forward to this charter service, which will provide new travel and exchange opportunities with Cuba,” Paul J Wiedefeld, executive director of BWI, told the newspaper.

However, visitors were reminded that travel to the US is still restricted and visits purely for tourism are not allowed.

Speaking during Havana’s 29th International Trade Fair last week, Cuban minister of tourism Manuel Marrero recently said the country is expecting to welcome around 2.9 million foreign visitors next year, Ahora reports.

He added that relationships are strengthening between Cuba and Canada, which is now becoming a major source of Havana hotel bookings.ADNFCR-2568-ID-800788441-ADNFCR

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