U.S. Policy Change On Travel Restrictions To Cuba

15 March 2011

Assistant Editor's Note: The following excerpts and images are taken from an article on AVStop.com, an online aviation magazine, in an article by Daniel Baxter.

The U.S. begins lifting flight restrictions to Cuba. Prior to the recent change in travel restriction to Cuba only three U.S. airports, Miami International (MIA), JFK International (JFK) and Los Angeles International (LAX), had been eligible to host charter flights to Cuba.

Within the past week eight U.S. airports have been added to the list of airports allowed to accept flight to and from Cuba. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection has given the green light to the following airports;

Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International (ATL), Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International (BWI), Chicago O'Hare International (ORD), New Orleans Louis Armstrong International (MSY), Pittsburgh International (PIT), San Juan, Puerto Rico International (SJU), Tampa International (TIA) and Dallas-Fort Worth International (DFW).

The article goes on to clarify the terms of the amended restrictions:
The modified travel restrictions to Cuba state “purposeful” travel. Passengers must have close relatives in Cuba or must be involved in medical and agriculture business sectors; or traveling for education and religious activities. The Airport expects to offer flights by summer or early fall... General U.S. travel restrictions remain in place for most Americans, prohibiting tourism as well as regularly scheduled airline service to Cuba.