US airlines await authorization to fly to Cuba
US airlines still await a response from their authorities to travel to Cuba on direct regular flights, asserted Cuban ambassador to Washington, Jose Ramon Cabañas, in an interview through the social network Twitter.
The diplomat told Cuban News Agency that the US airlines are waiting for the respective permits to resume regular direct flights between the two countries, suspended for several decades.
However, the Ambassador added that the airlines have already begun their contacts with the Cuban Institute of Civil Aeronautics on the steps to follow to realize these flights, which today are only made through charter flights with the usual high costs and irregularity.
Cuba and the United States signed on February 16 a Memorandum of Understanding to reestablish direct regular flights, which allows airlines of both countries to sign trade agreements of cooperation such as codes of shared flights and leases of aircraft between them or with third countries.
Although there is no exact date for the start of these direct regular flights, some airline spokesmen have said they could begin by mid-2016.