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When Will Commercial US-Cuba Flights Be Bookable?

Tue Feb 02, 2016 2:00 am

Does anyone know when this will happen as part of non-charter arrangements? What will the process be like given that tourism is still de jure illegal?
 
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RE: When Will Commercial US-Cuba Flights Be Bookable?

Tue Feb 02, 2016 2:09 am

DOT has yet to hand out any route awards, matter of fact they have yet to even invite airlines to apply for them.

First the tentative agreement reached needs to be formalized and also ratified by Cuban government.

But even with scheduled service, the US has not lifted the travel restrictions. That requires Congressional action which certainly will not happen this election year, if not maybe for many years.
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RE: When Will Commercial US-Cuba Flights Be Bookable?

Tue Feb 02, 2016 2:18 am

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 1):
DOT has yet to hand out any route awards, matter of fact they have yet to even invite airlines to apply for them.

First the tentative agreement reached needs to be formalized and also ratified by Cuban government.

I see a lot of news from late December '15 but nothing more recent of substance. Any idea when these steps will happen?
 
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RE: When Will Commercial US-Cuba Flights Be Bookable?

Tue Feb 02, 2016 2:43 am

Quoting DolphinAir747 (Reply 2):
I see a lot of news from late December '15 but nothing more recent of substance. Any idea when these steps will happen?

With a republican congress it may never be lifted.
 
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Tue Feb 02, 2016 3:24 am

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Quoting DolphinAir747 (Reply 2):
I see a lot of news from late December '15 but nothing more recent of substance. Any idea when these steps will happen?

With a republican congress it may never be lifted

The tourism ban isn't a concern as there are so many ways to travel to Cuba under the 12 categories. I meant when the commercial air service will happen as that can be done without a Congressional vote.
 
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RE: When Will Commercial US-Cuba Flights Be Bookable?

Tue Feb 02, 2016 2:16 pm

Quoting 32andBelow (Reply 3):
With a republican congress it may never be lifted.


A congressional vote isn't needed to allow for scheduled service.
 
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RE: When Will Commercial US-Cuba Flights Be Bookable?

Tue Feb 02, 2016 3:46 pm

Quoting winginit (Reply 5):

Quoting 32andBelow (Reply 3):
With a republican congress it may never be lifted.


A congressional vote isn't needed to allow for scheduled service.

   Their vote is only needed to lift the embargo, but the Obama administration has been making so many exceptions to the embargo- case in point being how easy it is now to travel legally to Cuba.
 
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RE: When Will Commercial US-Cuba Flights Be Bookable?

Tue Feb 02, 2016 3:51 pm

A serious infrastructure for large amounts of tourists is not in place. The few realy nice hotels are totally booked months in advance and IIRC the Cuban government maintains total control over the hotel industry. It will be several years and take some brave hoteliers to build in that environment.
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RE: When Will Commercial US-Cuba Flights Be Bookable?

Tue Feb 02, 2016 3:54 pm

Quoting DTWPurserBoy (Reply 7):
A serious infrastructure for large amounts of tourists is not in place. The few realy nice hotels are totally booked months in advance and IIRC the Cuban government maintains total control over the hotel industry. It will be several years and take some brave hoteliers to build in that environment.

Very true but Airbnb and such are popular alternatives. Would this issue be enough to affect when commercial flights start though?

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