Restrictions on charter flights to Cuba, with the exception of flights to the José Marti International Airport in Havana, have been in effect since January 2020. In the Biden administration, the removal of restrictions was explained by “support for the Cuban people” “The United States has lifted restrictions on flights to Cuba imposed under Trump” />
The administration of US President Joe Biden has lifted restrictions on flights to Cuba introduced under former President Donald Trump. Reuters reports this with reference to the order of the US Department of Transportation.
In January 2020, the US suspended all charter flights to Cuba, with the exception of flights to the José Marti International Airport in Havana. According to the new order, all restrictions will be lifted.
The order was issued at the request of US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, who stated that this was being done “in support of the Cuban people and in the interests of the foreign policy of the United States.”
In 2015, under US President Barack Obama, there was a thaw in US-Cuban relations. Washington restored diplomatic relations with Havana. However, with the coming to power of Donald Trump, all agreements on the normalization of relations were canceled. Trump continued to strengthen the sanctions policy against Cuba.
Thus, on January 11, 2020, the United States suspended all charter flights to Cuba, with the exception of flights to the José Marti International Airport in Havana. Nine regional airports fell under US sanctions. The number of charter flights to Cuba's capital airport has also been reduced.
According to former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the corresponding decision was to prevent the Cuban authorities from receiving income from American tourists thanks to the expanded charter service between the countries. He noted that the reason for the flight ban is the ongoing policy of repression by the country's leadership against the Cuban people, as well as the support of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
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