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Jet Blue will suspend flights to Cuba in two weeks

The US airline Jet Blue announced that it would suspend all flights to Cuba from September 17th.

According to an AP agency report, the airline, a pioneer in commercial travel to Cuba following the rapprochement policy initiated by Barack Obama in 2016, argued a drop in demand due to “changes in the regulatory landscape and restrictions on our customers’ ability to travel to Cuba.”

According to a business statement from reporter Patrick Oppmann, CNN’s correspondent on the island, Jet Blue will seek to resume its itineraries to Cuba “once travel becomes more accessible in the future.”

This is also indicated in the note This suspension of flights “will allow us to move additional aircraft to our main routes where there is a growing demand for low fares and great service.”

Jet Blue began operating flights to the island from Fort Lauderdale in 2016 and resumed operations after the Joe Biden government re-licensed US airlines to fly to the island, which was suspended by Donald Trump in 2019.

The company announced it will issue refunds to customers affected by the suspension who had reservations on their flights.

Jet Blue will cease operations just a few hours after The Spanish Iberojet will suspend its flights to Santiago de Cuba and Iberia will announce the reduction of its itineraries to Havana to three a week.

Sources familiar with the issue told DIARIO DE CUBA The reason for the cancellation lies in the low capacity utilization of the flights and the general situation at the destination Santiago de Cuba.

“It is a problem of the destination, its hotel infrastructure and the lack of activities for the visitor. Iberojet intends to accommodate tourists beyond the so-called ‘ethnic traveler’ and Santiago is not ready to respond to that,” the sources added. consulted.

The decision reflects the severe crisis in Cuban tourism emphasizing the quality of services compared to competitors such as the Dominican Republic and Mexico.

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