Bond007 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 5646 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 4210 times:
Quoting Manu (Reply 3): Was this always the case? I seem to remember someone saying that Cubana had to go via Halifax to avoid US airspace, but now am questioning it.
Quoting Timz (Reply 4): Dunno about always, but it's been more than a few years. Back in the 1990s I saw Cubana IL62s and TU154s contrailing over NY on the Varadero-Montreal flight.
AFAIK, initially it was no flying over any US airspace. This was relaxed at some point, when we allowed Cubana to enter a restricted route across the NY TRACON to Montreal/Toronto ... then Clinton changed in 1998 to allow them to fly over any US Airspace.
I'd rather be on the ground wishing I was in the air, than in the air wishing I was on the ground!