New York to start new direct flight to Cuba

Updated: 2015-05-06 16:17


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NEW YORK - New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced a new direct flight to Cuba from New York since travel restrictions were recently eased.

The expanded charter service came on the heels of Cuomo's trade mission to Cuba, where the governor, joined by JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes and other New York business leaders, held a dialogue to connect New York businesses with new opportunities in Cuba.

"Our Global NY initiative and our trade mission to Cuba are all about opening the door to new economic opportunities, and JetBlue's exciting announcement today is proof that our approach is delivering results for New York businesses," Governor Cuomo said.

Cuba Travel Services is offering the flight, operated by JetBlue, on Fridays from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Havana's Jose Marti International Airport (HAV) starting on July 3, 2015. Travelers should make arrangements directly with Cuba Travel Services.

Cuba Travel Services, a leading authorized carrier service provider, believes expanding its flight network will provide licensed travelers more travel options at a lower cost.

The New York metropolitan area has the second largest Cuban-American population in the United States after Florida.