US approves more airports for Cuba flights

| 11/03/2011

(Jamaica Observer): The United States has approved eight more airports for charter flights to and from Cuba, permitting more Cuban Americans to travel to the Spanish-speaking Caribbean country. Obama administration officials said the airports include Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson, the world’s busiest, and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. The other airports approved include those in Baltimore, Maryland; Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; New Orleans, Louisiana; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Tampa, Florida; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Prior to Wednesday’s decision, flights to Cuba were only allowed from Los Angeles, California; Miami, Florida; and New York.

The expanded flights are in keeping with President Barack Obama’s decision, announced earlier this year, to further reach out to the Cuban people.

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