WASHINGTON (Talk Media News) – The United States and Cuba have reached an agreement to resume commercial air travel between the two countries, the State Department announced Thursday.
This is the first time air travel will be allowed between the nations in more than a half century.
The arrangement, reached late Wednesday, “will continue to allow charter operations and establish scheduled air service, which will facilitate an increase in authorized travel, enhance traveler choices, and promote people-to-people links between the two countries,” the State Department said in a statement.
“While U.S. law continues to prohibit travel to Cuba for tourist activities, a stronger civil aviation relationship will facilitate growth in authorized travel between our two countries—a critical component of the President’s policy toward Cuba,” it added.
The confirmation of the deal comes exactly one year after President Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro announced the longtime foes would work towards re-establishing diplomatic relations.