When the economic embargoes against Cuba were taken down by the Obama administration last year, the country knew they were in for some big changes in the world of travel. Of course, the details are still being worked out as the United States moves slowly towards a state of cooperation with a country we’ve considered enemies for several decades. On Thursday, the State Department took one step closer to restoring ties with Cuba by announcing that flights to the island nation are now able to commence.
Eight U.S.-based airlines have been granted the opportunity to fly to Havanna, Cuba’s scenic capital. Hubs throughout the nation are now offering flights there. American Airlines was the big winner, with more than 35 weekly flights on offer from two cities in the country. JetBlue was right behind with 27 weekly flights.
It’s probably not surprising that Fort Lauderdale and Miami — the two biggest cities closest to Cuba — are offering the most flights week over week, though the entire southern coast of the United States (as well as Los Angeles) is getting in on the fun too. While more flights are expected as time passes, this is still a healthy beginning to the two countries’ relationship.
Getting to go to Cuba is undoubtedly good news, folks. The island country may get a bad rap on the international stage, but but the weather is gorgeous, the food is unforgettable, and the locals are charitable and friendly (especially to tourists). Cuba is shaping up to an excellent island retreat just off the southern US.