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U.S. Opens More Routes To Cuba

Delta says it is already licensed to operate charter flights to Cuba and could begin nonstop service from Atlanta as early as May or June. Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Delta says it is already licensed to operate charter flights to Cuba and could begin nonstop service from Atlanta as early as May or June.

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Travelers authorized to visit Cuba from the United States will now have more departure-city options. The U.S. government has added eight airports to the list of cities allowed to handle direct flights between the two countries. They are:

  • Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Georgia
  • Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International Aiport, Maryland
  • Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Texas
  • New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport, Louisiana
  • Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Illinois
  • Pittsburgh International Airport, Pennsylvania
  • San Juan Louis Munoz Marin International Airport, Puerto Rico
  • Tampa International Airport, Florida

Previously, flights had been restricted to Miami, New York and Los Angeles.

As the AP explains, restrictions continue on who is actually allowed to travel to Cuba from the U.S.:

Access to flights to the Communist island nation will still be limited, Atlanta airport officials said. Passengers must have close relatives in Cuba, or must be involved in the medical or agriculture fields under existing restrictions. Travel for educational or religious activities also will be permitted, officials said.

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