The first commercial flight between the U.S. and Cuba in over 50 years is set to fly from Fort Lauderdale to Santa Clara Wednesday morning. This will re-establish regular flights between the two countries that ended 55 years ago.
The U.S. Transportation Secretary, the CEO of JetBlue, and a specially chosen five-member crew of Cuban Americans are set to make the first flight on the 150-seat Airbus A320.
Hundreds of thousands of Americans who were born in Cuba fly to the island each year using charter companies, with four-hour check-in waits and expensive fees for luggage. Americans with no ties to Cuba have had a hard time getting the permission to travel to the island. Most of the charters don’t accept online bookings, so the availability of commercial travel and all the conveniences that go with that are a welcome change.
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