Orlando Airport Gets OK for Cuba Flights, but None Scheduled Yet

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency has granted the application from Orlando International Airport (MCO) to offer passenger air service to Cuba, but no such flights have yet been scheduled.

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FareCompare has contacted the airport’s public affairs office for more information on when flights might begin and will update when there are answers.

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Other airports have already received permission for Cuba flights, including Miami, Tampa and other Florida cities – and according to the Orlando Sentinel, some have been offering charter flights to Cuba. One of those was a nearly sold-out plane that flew from Tampa to Havana last fall – the first such air link between those cities since Cold War hostilities heightened in 1962.

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More Americans Traveling to Cuba

Barriers between the two nations eased last year when new rules allowed more Americans to travel to Cuba through a variety of tour groups. It’s been estimated that as many as 400,000 visited the island nation last year.

But they didn’t travel there on a U.S. airline – none can yet legally fly to Cuba – at the moment, only charters flights are allowed. For the closest regularly scheduled service, travelers must depart from cities in Canada and Mexico on airlines such as Air Canada and TACA.

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Published: February 2, 2012