Commercial flights to take off again between US, Cuba

Unnamed officials say commercial flights between US and Cuba to resume after decades, as part of normalisation process

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

With US-Cuba relations evolving in the wake of a rapprochement announced in December 2014 by presidents Barack Obama (R) and Raul Castro, a dozen US congressmen on December 16 2015 launched a "Cuba working group" in the House of Representatives

The United States and Cuba have reached an understanding on resuming commercial flights between the two countries, according to officials both from the US and Cuba, cited by the Associated Press on Wednesday.

The officials of the two countries, who asked for anonymity, said the announcement was imminent.

An official from the US State Department has earlier said the two countries made remarkable progress, but still negotiating.

The report comes as the anniversary of the two countries’ historic decision nears, after the US and Cuba announced that they agreed to restore diplomatic ties which had been strained for more than 50 years and were even occasionally hostile.

The process started in December when the two countries exchanged prisoners and since then they have been working on improving their ties, opening embassies in both countries’ capitals.

Cuba and the United States cut off diplomatic relations in 1961 during the tense times of the Cold War, commercial flights were consequently suspended for decades.

TRTWorld and agencies