US Government explores options for increasing trade, travel and flights to Cuba
The US government is exploring "various options" to increase the trade, travel and flights to Cuba in the process towards full bilateral normalization, said a spokesman for the White House.
The newspaper The Wall Street Journal reported that the governments of the US and Cuba are working to reach an agreement to resume commercial flights between the two countries before the end of the year. The agreement would enable airlines to establish regular flights between the United States and Cuba from December, according to official sources quoted by the newspaper.
The State Department spokesman, John Kirby, also said that the US "remains in contact with the Cuban government to establish scheduled air services, something that US airlines have said they are interested in offering to authorized travelers ".
However, Kirby said that even if commercial flights are set, travel will still limited to 12 categories of Americans who can now apply to travel to Cuba, while Congress does not lift the veto to regulate tourism.