Photo taken on April 9, 2015 shows the coast landscape of Havana, Cuba. (Xinhua/Joaquin Hernandez) (vf) (lmz)
Photo taken on April 9, 2015 shows the coast landscape of Havana, Cuba. (Xinhua/Joaquin Hernandez) (vf) (lmz)

“On Tuesday, February16, the signing ceremony will take place in the National Hotel of Cuba,” said a press release by the Cuban Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Photo taken on April 9, 2015 shows the coast landscape of Havana, Cuba. (Xinhua/Joaquin Hernandez) (vf) (lmz)
Photo taken on April 9, 2015 shows the coast landscape of Havana, Cuba. (Xinhua/Joaquin Hernandez) (vf) (lmz)
After the agreement is signed, airlines will have 15 days to submit their proposals to the U.S. Department of Transportation for routes.

At least five major American airlines, United, Delta, American, Southwest and JetBlue, have shown an interest in establishing formal links to the island.

While the eventual number of flights and routes will depend on the demand, the agreement to be signed will establish a potential for over 100 daily flights to Cuba, 20 to Havana, and 10 each for nine other airports, including Santiago de Cuba, Matanzas, Camagyey, Manzanillo and Santa Clara.

Furthermore, airlines from both sides will be able to sign commercial agreement, such as shared flight codes and leasing of planes.

However, Thomas Engle, assistant secretary of state in Washington, said on Saturday that this agreement will now allow flights of Cuban passengers to the United States.

He added that this step was “a key element in the general policy of President Barack Obama to normalize relations with Cuba.” Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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