#US Airlines Seek to Preserve Air Service to #Cuba

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By Prensa Latina

US airlines will be arguing in favor of preserving the reopened US-Cuba regular air service in August 2016, The Hill digital portal broadcasted.

As reported by this web page, specializing in legislative issues, different airlines began last year to put pressure on Washington concerning the opening-up of commercial trips to Cuba for the first time for over 50 years.

In February 2016 both nations signed a Memorandum of Understanding that allows direct scheduled flights between the United States, Havana and nine other destinations with international airports in the Caribbean country.

Several airlines, including Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and JetBlue Airlines Corp, received an authorization from the US Department of Transportation for direct flights to the Caribbean nation in June, which began on August 31.

The Hill portal broadcasted, however, that the US-Cuba travel defenders hope to see a greater lobbying effort on such issue this year, amid questions regarding the new administration’s stance on the direction of US relations with Cuba.

The airlines will not cease their promotional activities related to the island, but they will change their strategy of focusing on seeking more concessions in order to center on preserving what they have, the US-Cuba Economic and Trade Council President, John Kavulich stated.

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