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US bans air service to all Cuban airports

US halts air service to all Cuban airports

US Department of State announced that the United States has suspended all flights to all Cuban airports, and US carriers “have 45 days to discontinue all scheduled air service between the United States and all airports in Cuba, except for Jose Marti International Airport“.

“At the request of the Secretary of State, the U.S. Department of Transportation suspended until further notice scheduled air service between the United States and Cuban international airports other than Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport to prevent the Cuban regime from profiting from U.S. air travel,” the statement said.

“In line with President’s foreign policy toward Cuba, this action prevents revenue from reaching the Cuban regime that has been used to finance its ongoing repression of the Cuban people and its support for Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela. In suspending flights to a total of nine airports, the United States impedes the Cuban regime from gaining access to hard currency from U.S. travelers staying in its state-controlled resorts, visiting state-owned attractions, and otherwise contributing to the Cuban regime’s coffers near these airports,” the statement noted.

The US Department of State said that “United States continues to hold Cuba accountable for its repression of the Cuban people, and its interference in Venezuela, including its unconscionable support for the illegitimate Maduro regime.”