US Authorizes Cuba Flights from 8 Airports

HAVANA TIMES, March 9 — The US government authorized eight airports to offer charter flights to and from Cuba, the US Customs and Border Protection services reported. Before that, only Miami, New York and Los Angeles had air links with the island.

President Barack Obama has implemented measures to reduce the restrictions that prevent a limited number of US citizens from traveling to the Caribbean island nation, a possibility that was banned since 1962, reported IPS.

Those benefitting by the exceptions in the travel ban include Cuban Americans in general as well as academics, students, artists and organized groups with educational and religious ends.

Notwithstanding, Washington’s travel ban on its citizens visiting Cuba remains in place for the vast majority of US citizens.  Likewise, the half century economic blockade continues full force with the goal of forcing a regime change on the island.