Cuba Charters Can Fly Out of 8 More U.S. Airports

On Tuesday, the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the approvalof eight additional U.S. airports permitted to handle charter flights to Cuba. There are additional regulatory requirements, which must be met by the airlines and others before the charters can start operating.

The eight additional U.S. airports:

  • Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport
  • Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport
  • Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport
  • New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport
  • Chicago O’Hare International Airport
  • Pittsburgh International Airport
  • San Juan Louis Munoz Marin International Airport
  • Tampa International Airport

Previously Cuba charters were only permitted from John F. Kennedy International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, and Miami International Airport.   ACI-NA understands that applications by other airports are being reviewed by CBP and that those airports that are found to qualify will be added to the list of approved airports for the Cuba charters.  There is no closing date for applications.

Over the last couple of years, the United States has loosened some restrictions on travel to Cuba by U.S. citizens with family members in Cuba and for certain cultural, educational, journalistic and religious purposes.   However, the general prohibition against U.S. citizens traveling and spending money in Cuba remains in place.