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The US eliminates flight restrictions to Cuba imposed by Trump

MIAMI, United States. — The US government eliminated this Wednesday the restrictions on flights to Cuba imposed during the presidency of Donald Trump, which restricted air operations only to the Havana airport.

The measure was collected in the Order 2022-6-1 of the US Department of Transportation (DOT), which nullifies the actions carried out by the previous administration between 2019 and 2020.

“Through this Order, the United States Department of Transportation, at the request of the Department of State, revokes previous actions that restrict certain air services between the United States and Cuba,” said a statement issued today by that federal agency.

In this way, the Notice of October 25, 2019, which limited the air operations of US carriers only to the José Martí International Airport, and the Notice of January 10, 2020, which liquidated charter flights between both countries.

According to the statement, the suspension of flight restrictions to the Island is part of “the measures of the Administration announced on May 16 in support of the Cuban people.”

The document, signed by Carol A. (Annie) Petsonk, Under Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs at the Department of Transportation, adds that the new order will be issued to all certified carriers operating large aircraft, foreign airlines with permits, as well as as well as the rest of foreign carriers that require authorization to carry out charter flights to Cuba, etc.

The suspension of the Trump administration’s restrictions will return air operations to the rest of the island’s international airports, located in Varadero, Cienfuegos, Santa Clara, Cayo Largo, Jardines del Rey, Camagüey, Holguín, Manzanillo and Santiago de Cuba.

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