American Airlines Offering More Cuba Flights for Pope’s Visit

HAVANA TIMES, March 12 — The US travel agency Airline Brokers has added more flights to Cuba to the worshippers hoping to visit the island during the visit by Pope Benedict XVI, according to an announcement by the Archdiocese of Miami.

The extra flights will depart from Fort Lauderdale beginning on March 24, while others will leave from Miami on March 25 and 27, with all of these having been authorized by the US Treasury department, reported AFP.

Travelers will have to spend more than $2,000 per person for all-inclusive packages that include their flights, hotel stays, transfers and meals.

Since 2009, the United States eased travel restrictions and trade with Cuba for visits related to family, academic, cultural and religious contact, which is why Cubans living in that country will be able to travel to Havana for the Pope’s visit.