Cubana de Aviación Bound to Cancel Routes amid New U.S. Sanctions
Cubana de Aviación, Cuba’s state airline, says it is canceling routes to seven international destinations because of the Trump administration sanctions on companies that lease planes to the island national’s carrier.
The Trump administration said last Friday that it was revoking licenses of companies that lease aircraft to Cuban state-owned airlines because the airlines use the planes to take tourists to Cuba.
U.S. regulations prohibit Americans from engaging in tourism in Cuba. Travel with special purposes, like visiting religious institutions or supporting private businesses and civil society, is allowed.
Cuban state media reported Thursday that companies in third countries that rented planes to Cubana had canceled contracts, forcing the cancellation of routes to the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Venezuela, Haiti, Martinique and Guadeloupe. Domestic routes will also be affected.
Cubana said passengers will receive refunds.
Source: The Associated Press