United States bans charter flights to Cuba
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said this week that “the Castro regime uses tourism and travel funds to finance its abuses and interference in Venezuela”.
In October 2019, the US banned regular scheduled flights to all cities in communist-run Cuba except Havana.
Tourism to Cuba has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
Policies directed at Cuba and its ally Venezuela are welcomed by conservative Cuban-American groups in Florida, a key battleground state which Donald Trump hopes to win in the November presidential election.
The suspension of charter flights will go into effect on October, 13, 2020 6:00 pm Central Time.
There is one humanitarian provision to the order. US charter flights to Cuba for medical emergency purposes or for search and rescue will still be permitted.
Since the prohibition on regular flights, charter flights from the US have been effectively serving the purpose that was left after commercial airlines were barred from providing the service.
US commercial flights to Cuba resumed in August 2016 after a 50 year ban,