It’s official, the much anticipated re-entry into the once popular tourist destination of Havana, Cuba has taken off with new weekly charter service from JetBlue from New York’s JFK to Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport (HAV). The move, which was announced by the carrier on June 3, makes JetBlue the first major American airline to serve this route since President Obama announced eased restrictions earlier this year.
In a press recent press release JetBlue announced it will operate five weekly round trips to Club along with flights from Tampa (TPA) and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL) with various charter partners. JetBlue is currently offers the most service to the Caribbean. “JetBlue already has a proven track record of providing outstanding service to the Caribbean and has operated a series of successful charters to Cuba since 2011,” said Scott Laurence, senior vice president airline planning at JetBlue. “As interest in Cuban markets grows, JetBlue is positioning itself as a leading carrier to the island nation by operating more convenient flight options than ever.”
The New York-Havana charter service, which was actually announced in May shortly after a successful trade mission trip to Cuba with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, is being offered through Cuba Travel Services (800-963-2822) which is authorized to provide the service.
In case you missed the news Americans can now travel legally to Cuba – with a few limitations—since the ban was officially amended. However according to goCaribbean, travelers heading to Cuba must go with a Cuba travel organization that has an official license from the U.S. State Department such as Insight Cuba and Central Holidays. The site warns that hile your tour may include stops at museums, historic sites, or even the Bay of Pigs or a local Communist Party block meeting, purely recreational activities — like visiting the beach or scuba diving — are prohibited from tour itineraries, which are limited to experiences that brings American and Cuban people together.
Back in the day when Americans could come and go to Havana it was particularly popular with Floridians who could go easily by ships,some folks made weekend trips. The lifestyle was slightly decadent with a steamy night life scene and bustling casinos. The temperatures are warm year around and the humidity high.
For more information of what to do and see in Havana click on wikitravel, read the article on TripAdvisor, “206 Reasons to Visit Havana,” and/or watch the video that accompanies this article.