Amer­i­can Air­lines to start weekly char­ter flights be­tween LA and Cuba

The Star (St. Lucia) - - INTERNATIONAL -

Amer­i­can Air­lines will op­er­ate the first char­ter flights be­tween Los An­ge­les In­ter­na­tional Air­port and Jose Marti In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Ha­vana later this year, pro­vid­ing trav­el­ers the only non­stop ser­vice con­nect­ing the West Coast to Cuba since travel re­stric­tions were eased. “Amer­i­can is the premier car­rier in Los An­ge­les and through­out the Caribbean, and this new char­ter flight shows how we con­tinue to ex­pand our reach by of­fer­ing new routes and ser­vices our cus­tomers want,” said Art Torno, Amer­i­can’s se­nior vice pres­i­dent as he made the an­nounce­ment.

“We stand ready to of­fer sched­uled ser­vice as soon as the United States and Cuba al­low com­mer­cial flights.” Amer­i­can Air­line’s new char­ter ser­vice will be sold by Cuba Travel Ser­vices – since, un­der the travel em­bargo, tick­ets have to be sold through a sep­a­rate, spe­cially au­tho­rized travel com­pany rather than di­rectly by the car­rier – and will op­er­ate on Satur­days, be­gin­ning De­cem­ber 12, with Boe­ing 737 air­craft. In ad­di­tion, Amer­i­can will op­er­ate a Satur­day flight be­tween Mi­ami In­ter­na­tional Air­port and Ha­vana.

Gen­eral Man­ager at Cuba Travel Ser­vices Michael Zuc­cato said his com­pany was ex­cited to ex­pand its part­ner­ship with Amer­i­can Air­lines.

“We will con­tinue to de­liver a high qual­ity travel ex­pe­ri­ence and open­ing up new West Coast ac­cess to Cuba will bring a con­ve­nient, af­ford­able op­tion to au­tho­rized trav­el­ers,” he said. As a re­sult of the more than 50-year em­bargo on Cuba, only spec­i­fied groups of Amer­i­cans can travel to the Caribbean is­land. Au­tho­rized trav­el­ers in­clude those go­ing to visit fam­ily, or trav­el­ling for hu­man­i­tar­ian projects, of­fi­cial US gov­ern­ment busi­ness, jour­nal­is­tic ac­tiv­i­ties, pro­fes­sional re­search or meet­ings, and re­li­gious ac­tiv­i­ties. Regularly sched­uled air ser­vice to Cuba is still pro­hib­ited.

Amer­i­can Air­lines has op­er­ated char­ter flights to Cuba since 1991. Its new ser­vice would make it the sec­ond ma­jor US air­line to take ad­van­tage of loos­ened re­stric­tions on travel be­tween the two coun­tries. JetBlue launched di­rect char­ter flights be­tween New York and Ha­vana last month.

Amer­i­can flights to Cuba to be­gin in De­cem­ber.

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