Carnival Corporation sailed into Havana this morning completing the first leg of its historic inaugural voyage to Cuba that began on May 1st, 2016, from Miami. The company’s Fathom brand made history with its arrival into Havana, marking the first time in over 50 years that a US cruise line has sailed from the US to Cuba. It is also the first time in decades that Cuban-born individuals have been able to travel by sea to or from Cuba.
Carnival Corporation is continuing discussions with Cuba to allow cruise ships to operate in the same manner as current air charter operations, which transport Cuba-born individuals to and from Cuba. Fathom will begin sailing its 704-passenger Adonia luxury cruise ship to Cuba every other week starting on May 1st, marking the first time in over 50 years that a cruise ship has sailed from the U.S. to Cuba.
Carnival Corporation has announced that Cuba has granted approval for the company to begin travel to Cuba starting on May 1st, 2016. Following authorisation in the United States, granted in July 2015, Carnival Corporation is now cleared to operate the 704-passenger MV Adonia to Cuba through its newest brand Fathom. This marks the first time in over 50 years a cruise ship is approved to sail from the United States to Cuba.
United Airlines has submitted its formal application to the US department of transportation for authority to provide service from four of its largest US gateway cities – Newark/New York, Houston, Washington, D.C. and Chicago – to Havana’s José Martí International Airport. At the same time American Airlines issued proposal to operate scheduled services, including ten daily frequencies to Havana from American’s Latin America gateway hub in Miami.
Commercial flights between the United States and Cuba are set to resume for the first time in 50 years following the signing of an agreement between the two countries. A small number of charter flights presently operate between the two destinations, but capacity is expected to rise significantly as mainline airlines return.
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The governments of the United States and Cuban governments have agreed to reinstitute scheduled air service between the two nations. It is hoped the deal could jumpstart economic relations between the two countries, paving the way for thousands of visitors to the island on a daily basis.
American Airlines has welcomed the reopening of the US Embassy in Havana and the Cuban Embassy in Washington. “The reopening of the United States and Cuban embassies in Havana and Washington is an important step toward building new commercial relationships and re-establishing scheduled air service between the US and Cuba,” said American chairman Doug Parker.
For far too long the Caribbean has taken tourism for granted according to a white paper issued by the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association entitled Cuba: The Great Disruption for the Good of the Caribbean. The paper states that the country that many regard as the least capitalistic in the region is about to teach its neighbour governments, capitalists and free market adherents a lesson.
Air France has confirmed it will operate an additional weekly flight to Havana in Cuba from October 2015, increasing its offer to 11 weekly departures during winter 2015. Air France has offered flights to Cuba for the past 17 years, operating daily services from the UK to Havana via Paris-Charles de Gaulle throughout the summer season.
JetBlue Airways has signed an agreement with its partner, ABC Charters, to add a new charter flight to Cuba beginning this summer. The weekly flight, which begins on June 5th, will operate on Fridays from Tampa to Havana. The addition marks one of the first expansions in charter service by a major US airline since restrictions on travel to Cuba were eased in January.