Alaska Air cites Trump policy in ending flights to Havana

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 15, 2017

Turns out, travel to Cuba isn't the bomb after all.

Alaska Airlines says it will soon end flights to Havana, and it is citing the Trump administration's new restrictions on travel to the island nation. Rules by the Trump Administration are, in part, to blame.

A Cuban flag was propped up on an seat in Alaska Airlines' jet for the carrier's inaugural flight to Havana in January 2017.

Alaska Air cites Trump policy in ending flights to Havana
Alaska Air cites Trump policy in ending flights to Havana

"Travel is about making connections, and we were honored to have played a role in helping people make personal connections by traveling between the USA and Cuba", Andrew Harrison, chief commercial officer for Alaska Airlines, said today in a news release. The airline will redeploy aircraft used to serve Havana to markets with higher demand.

About 80 percent of Alaska's flyers to Havana visited under a USA allowance for individual "people-to-people" educational travel. Now that that allowance has been eliminated, individual tourists would have to join tour groups with an approved guide - an arrangement that tends to be more expensive. The airline expects a big drop in demand. The return flight traced the route in reverse. It says that because of the change, it will move planes from Cuba to routes with strong demand, and rebook affected customers on another airline or refund their money.

Now, with USA diplomats to Cuba experiencing mysterious ailments and symptoms that some say are the result of being bombarded with sound waves while in their hotels, the Trump Administration has made the regulatory changes.

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