U.S.-Cuba air service officially revived after over 50 years

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U.S. and Cuban transportation officials recently signed an agreement that establishes regularly scheduled air service between the two nations for the first time in over 50 years.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Charles Rivkin, Cuban Civil Aviation Institute President for the Ministry of Transportation Col. Alfredo Cordero Puig and Cuban Minister of Transportation Adel Yzquierdo Rodriguez met in Havana to sign the documents.

Under the agreement, U.S. carriers will be able to run approximately 20 daily round-trip flights from the U.S. to Havana. They will also be able to operate 10 daily round-trip flights from the U.S. to nine other international airports in Cuba, for a total of 110 daily round-trip flights.

U.S. air carriers can apply for new opportunities to offer scheduled passenger and cargo flights to the nation. The U.S. Department of Transportation will evaluate the proposals to determine which airlines offer the best service and shipping.

The Obama administration said the agreement with benefit shippers, carriers and travelers from the U.S., improving the national and worldwide economy.

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