(CMR) State-owned Cuban national airline Aerogaviota resumed regular service from Havana, Cuba, to Kingston, Jamaica, today, September 4.
Cuba's ambassador to Jamaica, Fermin Quinones Sanchez, told the Jamaica Observer on Saturday that after a year-long break in service from Cuba to Jamaica, caused mainly by COVID-19-related issues, the airline would be resuming service five days a week.
“Yes, the airline will be flying again to the southern Caribbean, and Jamaica has been included in the plan,” Quinones Sanchez said.
“The airline will work directly with Cuba's Ministry of Tourism to promote tourism which will be of much benefit to the people of Cuba and Jamaica. We are hoping that there will be positive benefits from the return of Aerogaviota,” Quinones Sanchez continued.
According to the Jamaica Observer, the craft that will service the route will be an ATR which seats 42. The first flight was expected to leave Havana at 10:40 am for Santiago de Cuba, then depart at 12.30 pm (Havana time) for Kingston, with landing set for 12.30 pm in Kingston. Cuba is an hour ahead of Jamaica by time.
Cuba has reportedly continued to push its tourism agenda despite the blockade imposed by the United States, which has lasted for over 60 years. Most of the country's tourists are from Europe, Asia, Canada, and the Caribbean.