US announces restrictions on flying to Cuba
Sunday, October 27, 2019
On Friday, the United States announced new restrictions on flights to Cuba. The new policy, which is to take effect on December 10, prohibits all flights to Cuba, with the exception of flights to the international airport in Havana.
US Mike Pompeo sent a letter requesting the new rules to , the ; the new rules were released later the same day. In the letter, Pompeo cited the Cuban government's "ongoing repression of the Cuban people and its support for in Venezuela" as his motivation. The new regulations do not apply to , for which Pompeo requested an exemption.
Twitter: "I strongly reject new #US blockade measure that bans #US airlines' flights to 9 Cuban airports [...] they won't extract any concession from us. We shall overcome!", the foreign affairs minister of Cuba, responded to the new rules via
According to CBS, the delayed implementation of the new policy provides airlines with 45 days to wind down Cuban operations. American Airlines and are among the airlines affected, as they both offer flights to Cuban cities other than Havana.
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