Engage Cuba Welcomes DOT Announcement Authorizing Commercial Flights to Cuba

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- As momentum builds to lift the U.S. travel ban on Cuba, Engage Cuba President James Williams welcomed today's U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announcement authorizing six U.S. airlines to provide commercial flights to Cuban cities other than Havana. DOT expects to issue a final decision on Havana flights sometime this summer.  On February 16, DOT and Cuba signed an arrangement restoring scheduled air service. 

"Restoring commercial flights to Cuba is a major step forward in normalizing relations between the U.S. and Cuba. Commercial flights will allow for better service and cheaper fares for American travelers and provide opportunities for increased engagement between the U.S. and Cuba," said President of Engage Cuba James Williams. "It makes no sense that Americans will soon be able to go online and book a flight to Cuba, but U.S. policy will still prohibit tourist travel to our island neighbor. Today's announcement further proves that the travel ban is an outdated relic of the Cold War era. It's time for Congress to act and end the travel ban."