WASHINGTON – On the one year anniversary of renewed diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba, the United States government announced a civil aviation agreement to allow direct commercial flights to Cuba for the first time in over five decades. The agreement shows a further thaw in the U.S.-Cuba relationship, as the State Department announces that authorized travel by Americans to Cuba is up 50 percent since the renewal of diplomatic relations one year ago.
James Williams, President of Engage Cuba, issued the following statement:
“There is no better way to advance U.S.-Cuba policy change than to allow more Americans to travel to Cuba to form their own opinions of the island and its people. This agreement allows Americans to now take direct flights on authorized travel, and is a positive step in the right direction. However, Americans deserve the right to travel freely, and it is past time that Congress eliminate these outdated travel restrictions, as well as the trade embargo. Such a move would advance U.S. interests and promote freedom in Cuba.”