US Ramps Up For Cuba Access

Despite clear evidence of the pent-up desire in the North American market – the largest source market for tourists to The Bahamas – for access to a slowly opening Cuba, tourism officials in The Bahamas seem to be taking the news of restored commercial airline service between Cuba and the US more or less in stride.

Last week, the US and Cuba agreed to restore scheduled commercial airline service between the two countries for the first time in more than five decades, exactly a year after they started the process of normalizing relations.

The aviation agreement will not go into effect immediately but, once implemented, will allow US airlines to sell tickets on their websites for flights to Cuba.

The airlines must first apply for permission from US regulators to fly specific routes. Charter flights operated by US carriers already connect the countries.

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