US, Cuba to resume direct flights after more than 50 years

The United States and Cuba will sign a bilateral agreement on Tuesday to restore regular flights between the two countries after more than half a century, the State Department said.

The United States announced plans to resume the flights in December, on the one-year anniversary of the start of reconciliation between Washington and Havana.

Under the new arrangement, airlines in the two countries can now strike deals in such areas as code-sharing and aircraft leasing, the Cuban Embassy said at the time.

However, tourist travel still remains illegal because the trade embargo that the Americans slapped on Cuba in 1960 after Fidel Castro came to power in a communist revolution remains in effect.

 

 

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