HOUSTON – Engage Cuba Texas State Council member, Felix Chevalier welcomed today's U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announcement approving commercial flights from Houston 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 additional Cuban cities. Today, 8 airlines received authorization to fly into Havana. More information on flight routes is available here.
"Flights between Houston and Cuba's capital will continue to improve diplomatic relations between our two countries and create jobs in Texas. In a few months, Texans will be able to book commercial flights to one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world: Havana, Cuba," said Felix Chevalier for Engage Cuba. "I think many Texans 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 Texans to travel freely to Cuba and lift the travel ban."
Felix Chevalier is a member of the Engage Cuba Texas 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 Texas State Council is available here.