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US airline JetBlue opens two new offices in Cuba

The US airline JetBlue, the first US aviation company to make commercial flights to Cuba in 2016 after more than 50 years, opened today in Havana two new commercial offices with which it bets to continue developing its operations in the island.

Havana, Sep 1 (EFE) .- JetBlue, the first US aviation company to make commercial flights to Cuba in 2016 after more than 50 years, opened in Havana two new commercial offices with which it bets to continue developing its operations in the island.

One of JetBlue's new offices in Havana is located in the Terminal 3 of the Jose Marti International Airport and the other in a commercial center of the central avenue "La Rampa", in the area of ​​El Vedado, where other companies are located JetBlue Chief Executive Robin Hayes said he was "delighted" to inaugurate the new ticket sales offices in the Cuban capital "a year after it was made."

history, surrounded by colleagues and partners. "

Hayes recalled that the company began flying to Cuba six years ago with charter services, but noted that its goal was to get to operate commercial flights to Cuba, once it had authorization and thus provide "a personal, useful, simple and affordable experience" for Cuban travelers.

For its part, the director of Business, Risks and Commercial of the Aviation Corporation of Cuba, Ibrahim Ferradaz, stressed that the opening of these commercial offices of JB and other US airlines in the island "show the interest and feasibility of the operations of these companies" in the Caribbean country.

The Cuban leader also considered that they have an "obvious economic impact and positive "in the US itself, generating jobs and a" stable and secure "market despite the restrictions imposed by the measures of the economic embargo imposed by the government of Washington to Cuba.

Ferradaz also ratified Cuba's intention to "continue to develop respectful and cooperative ties within the framework of relations between both peoples and governments. "

JetBlue performed on August 31 last year the first regular flight that connected Cuba and the United States since 1963, thus opening the air routes between both countries, one of major breakthroughs in bilateral relations following the official resumption of diplomatic ties in July 2015.

In its first year of regular operations, JetBlue has transported to more than 390,000 passengers between the United States. American John F. Kennedy (JFK) from New York, and from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood and Orlando, Florida, to the Cuban cities of Havana, Santa Clara, and eastern Camaguey and Holguín.

JetBlue, American Airlines, Delta, United, Southwest and Alaska are currently the six US airlines flying regularly to different destinations in Cuba.

JetBlue opens these new commercial offices in Havana, when the formal announcement of the new regulations will implement the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) as part of the policy change towards Cuba set by the current US Administration.

President Donald Trump announced on June 16 restrictions on travel by his country's citizens to Cuba and hardened Washington's policy toward the island, an approach promoted by his predecessor, Barack Obama.

These changes involved banning individual trips to make contacts with the Cuban people, known in English as "people to people travel," and the possibility of auditing all Americans who visit Cuba to check that they do not violate the economic sanctions it maintains USA

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