US Embargo Forces Cubana Airlines to Cancel Many Flights

Cubana Airlines will have to find a new source to lease aircraft of see its routes permanently suspended.  Photo:

HAVANA TIMES – Cubana de Aviacion airlines said on Wednesday that it will suspend flights to Mexico, Venezuela and part of the Caribbean due to new US sanctions, reported dpa news.

The state-owned company said that it was notified by foreign leasing companies of the “cessation of lease agreements already signed,” leading to the cancellations of flights to Mexico, Santo Domingo, Venezuela, Haiti, Martinique and Guadeloupe.

Cubana added that internal flights to the eastern provinces of Holguin and Santiago de Cuba would also be affected by the breaking of the leases.

The company’s deputy director, Arsenio Arocha, told local media that the cancellation of flights until December will cost Cubana some 10 million dollars.

Last Friday, the US Commerce Department announced it would revoke licenses for aircraft leases to Cuban state-owned airlines, saying that Cuba has been using the leased aircraft to transport tourists, providing revenue for the regime’s illicit activities.

The department said that its Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) was also expanding sanctions to include more foreign goods containing at least 10 per cent of US components and was to impose additional restrictions on exports to the Cuban regime.

US President Donald Trump’s administration has stepped up sanctions on Cuba, including a ban on former president Raul Castro from entering the United States, and limiting remittances to the island.

Cuba has pledged to maintain its support for the Maduro regime in Venezuela despite stepped-up US pressure.

Trump has been rolling back a US-Cuba detente introduced under his predecessor, Barack Obama. The Cuban government, guided by the late Fidel Castro, also sharply criticized Obama’s overtures as a trojan horse to undermine its state socialist system.

15 thoughts on “US Embargo Forces Cubana Airlines to Cancel Many Flights

  • October 30, 2019 at 9:33 am

    Whatever happen to ‘ la libre determinacion de los pueblos, ‘ to choose their own destiny.

  • October 29, 2019 at 5:11 am

    Everyday here people are shot in USA. More people homeless people.And allot of them ask you for money then at nite live in tents at parks or on streets. And collect money in day drink use Drugs sell drugs or drug up other young person’s at Macdolads or outside of these places and parties in Hotel.The Cops here are more corrupt with Human Trafficking and Abuse of People.All this can be fixed but it a game.They let 7 or more Immigrants live together so they build up there houses and the taxes go up because they live in a bigger nicer house and the salaries do not go up.

  • October 25, 2019 at 7:24 pm

    I have been visiting Cuba for the past 10 years, twice a year. I have spoken with many Cubans about their suitation. I find them to be very happy. Although most would agree life is hard by our standards, this is what they know. I remember the first time I arrived, no internet, no Cubans would discuss in public anything with regards to the government. This has changed and people are speaking up, even via the internet. I have several friends who contact me on a daily basis, they have no fear anymore about speaking of the economy there. Not to long ago, they were denied even access to a radio. It is sad on the part of both governments, Cuban s want to protect their country by nasty people like Trump. If Trump was concerned about human rights…how can it be ok to take away their resources. How can any of them sleep at night. I wish I could do more to help, but I am only one person. I love the Cubans, they are family to me. Can’t wait to visit in a couple weeks.

  • October 25, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    Good Trumpito, keep the communist on a choke hold with all you’ve got ! Just like they do to their people ! Only the ignorant haters will continue to blame the US for the demise of the tortous failure communism really is ! Viva Trump and Viva Cuba Libre !!!

  • October 25, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    What about changing the destructive and illegal regime in the USA? They are run by a wannabe authoritarian Dicktator. He has no clue what he is doing. Just hurting the Cuban people. They haven’t changed in 60 years, they are not going to change for Captain Orange.

  • October 25, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    The people of Cuba need help, they need their freedom back, the dictatorship is a Cancer, in order to get rid of it, some good cells will suffer.

  • October 25, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    The part of the story left out of this article is that the top shelf airline leasing companies are no longer doing business with Cuba anyway having long suffered through years of slow or non-payment on aircraft leases. Those that will lease airplanes to Cuba, like the the Mexican company whose plane recently crashed, are those that do a poor job maintaining their aircraft and training their flight crews. It has been determined that the recent disaster which killed over 100 passengers was caused by both mechanical and pilot errors. Further limiting the airplanes available for lease to Cubana Airlines may actually end up saving innocent lives.

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