WASHINGTON, D.C. – Georgia Commissioner of Labor and Engage Cuba Georgia State Council member, Mark Butler welcomed today's U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announcement approving commercial flights from Atlanta, Georgia to Havana, Cuba. The announcement follows a historic vote in the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee to lift the travel ban on Cuba.
On June 10, DOT approved six U.S. airlines to provide commercial flights to other Cuban cities. Today, eight U.S. airlines received authorization to fly into Havana, Cuba. More information on the U.S.-Havana flight routes is available here.
"Flights between Atlanta and Cuba's capital will continue to improve diplomatic relations between our two countries and create jobs in Georgia. In a few months, Georgians will be able to book commercial flights to one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world: Havana, Cuba," said Mark Butler, Georgia Commissioner of Labor and member of the Engage Cuba Georgia State Council. "I think many Georgians will be surprised to learn that even with daily U.S. commercial flights to our island neighbor, you still cannot travel to Cuba as a tourist. Now that the Administration has restored commercial flights, it's time for Congress to allow Georgians to travel freely to Cuba and lift the travel ban."
Commissioner Butler is a member of the Engage Cuba Georgia State Council, a coalition of agriculture, business, manufacturing, and government leaders working to build statewide support to lift the travel and trade embargo on Cuba. More information on the Engage Cuba Georgia State Council is available here.