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Delta Air Lines to Begin Service to Cuba in December

Airlines & Airports | Delta Air Lines | Amy Coyne Bredeson | September 04, 2016

Delta Air Lines to Begin Service to Cuba in December

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Delta Air Lines has announced that it will offer daily flights from Atlanta, Miami and New York-JFK to Havana, Cuba, beginning Dec. 1, reported. Tickets will go on sale Sept. 10.

After nearly 55 years of no commercial air service to Cuba from the United States, the U.S. Department of Transportation will now allow the airline to resume nonstop scheduled service between the two countries, the news site said.

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“Today, we celebrate our long-awaited and historic return to Cuba,” Nicolas Ferri, vice president of Delta in Latin America and the Caribbean, told “We reaffirm our thanks to Secretary Foxx and his team, as well as the U.S. State Department for granting us the authority to operate this service.”

According to the news site, the largest Cuban-American population in the U.S. resides in Miami, so the new Delta service will allow many to visit family members in Cuba. The New York City area has the second-largest Cuban-American population in the country.

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But not all Americans are allowed to travel to Cuba. A trip to the Caribbean nation is only permitted if it is for certain reasons, such as visiting family, working on a humanitarian project, conducting professional research, or participating in educational or religious activities, the news site said.

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