According to the U.S. Department of State announcement a bilateral arrangement was reached on December, 16 to establish a regular commercial flights between Cuba and the USA.
This is a great news not only for millions of Americans of Cuban origin who for years haven’t been able to travel without restrictions to Cuba but also for a huge number of travelers from the whole United States who have been deprived of a chance to visit one of the world’s most popular beach destination.
Though there is no possibility yet for U.S. travelers to take a reguar flight to Cuba, American Airlines began its chartered service from Los Angeles to Cuba on Saturday, December 12. Previously charter flights to this Caribbean country was operated mostly from Florida which has the largest number of Cuban population in the USA. Since now the airline also counts on non-Cubans who might want to visit the tropical Cuban destinations.
The Cuban government expects 10 million Americans to visit Cuba every year after the travel restrictions are completely cancelled — ten times the number that traveled to Cuba this year, even after the relaxed relations. These expectations are likely to be met as even now when the embargo is still on a lot of companies working in travel business note the highly increased interest in Cuban resorts and accommodations. American Airlines also made a statement that the company is ready to offer scheduled service as soon as the United States and Cuba allow commercial flights.
This news can also be considered a good one for non-U.S. travelers. For decades the European airlines with a scheduled service between Cuba and Europe had not been able to provide a code share flights with their U.S. partners from the world’s biggest air alliances that could have lead to significant costs cuts and definitely to lower prices on this route. So in our opinion the reestablishment of the regular commercial flights between the USA and Cuba will finally entail a steep growth in travel from Europe to Cuba facilitating competition and air fare reductions from major European cities.