HAVANA TIMES – The Jose Marti International Airport in Havana reestablished its operations on Tuesday following the passage of Hurricane Irma, reported the Cuban Civil Aeronautics.
Thousands of tourists are still stranded on the island waiting for international flights to begin after the hurricane.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Varadero Airport should also be reopened, located some 140 kilometers from Havana.
In Varadero thousands of tourists were held up during the hurricane after being evacuated from the hotels located in the Guillermo, Coco and Santa Maria Cays, where before the arrival of “Irma” 17 hotels were closed down for security measures.
Irma’s most destructive path in Cuba was along the northern coastal area. Among other damage, the Jardines del Rey Airport is completely destroyed and it is not known when it will be able to resume flights.
Hurricane “Irma” entered Cuba as a category five storm on the Saffir-Simpson scale with a force of winds exceeding 150 mph. During its passage along the island it reduced its intensity a little to around 130 mph, but advanced slower, reason why it was more destructive.