Cuba locks negotiations with the US on commercial flights
The Miami Herald reports that, although five or six big US airlines are "anxious" to start scheduled air services to Cuba, the failure of talks last Monday and Tuesday in Havana for an agreement on the issue is mainly that Cuba has claimed the same right for Cubana, its national airline.
Officially, it had been informed that technical and regulatory issues had required a third round of negotiations.
But a State Department official told the Herald that Cuba has made clear in the talk that wants reciprocity, meaning that its airlines also would like to offer scheduled air services to the United States.
However, this aspiration could present complications due to civil lawsuits filed, and won in several cases in US courts against the Cuban government.
One possibility is that the US government presents a statement of national interest to override the demands, said the lawyer, but also clarified that this would require a lengthy process.