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Tourism Boom Chokes Havana’s Airport

Tourism Boom Chokes Havana’s Airport 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Havana, 4 July 2017 — The passengers leave the plane and make their way around the buckets catching the leaks from the roof. They still have a long wait in at baggage claim and have to suffer under the air conditioning that hardly alleviates the heat. The […] Continue reading

Scooters Ease The Problem Of Public Transport

Scooters Ease The Problem Of Public Transport / 14ymedio, Yosmany Mayeta Labrada and Mario Penton 14ymedio, Yosmany Mayeta Labrada and Mario Penton, Havana/Miami, 8 March 2017 — Carlos began to travel to Ecuador when Cubans did not need a visa. He brought back clothes and appliances to sell in the informal market, until he discovered […] Continue reading

Weak demand prompts two U.S. airlines to cancel Cuba service

Weak demand prompts two U.S. airlines to cancel Cuba service BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com The shake-up continues in the Cuba travel business with two U.S. airlines announcing Monday that they planned to cancel their routes to the island. Fort Lauderdale-based Silver Airways said it had made “the difficult but necessary” decision to suspend all its […] Continue reading

Traveling to Cuba now easier, but isn’t hassle free

Traveling to Cuba now easier, but isn’t hassle free By Marta Dhanis Published March 13, 2017 Fox News.com The Cuba experience: This is what you get after all the exhaustive planning Getting to the communist island after a 50-year hiatus is surprisingly easy. There’s still a couple challenges to overcome when planning your trip, but […] Continue reading

The Private Sector Consolidates Its Presence in Gastronomy and Services

The Private Sector Consolidates Its Presence in Gastronomy and Services / 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez 14ymedio, Marcelo Hernandez, Havana, 1 March 2017 — The corner of Galiano and Zanja is a hive of people at noon. The area’s private cafes sell everything from bread with croquettes to a complex meat lasagna, but the nearest state places […] Continue reading

Now That Cuba Is Open, Americans Aren’t Going

Now That Cuba Is Open, Americans Aren’t Going Last year they couldn’t wait to see Havana. This year airlines cut service. What happened? by Justin Bachman February 17, 2017, 9:45 AM GMT+1 America, did you miss the travel industry’s memo declaring Cuba the hottest new destination? Apparently. Service to the long-time U.S. foe began in […] Continue reading

Florida ports send $65 million in goods to Cuba even as governor tries to limit trade expansion

Florida ports send $65 million in goods to Cuba even as governor tries to limit trade expansion BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com Humanitarian shipments, frozen chicken parts, chocolate bars, empty beer kegs from the U.S. Naval Station at Guantánamo Bay, medicine, even a traveling Bible exhibit. These items and more have flowed through the state’s ports […] Continue reading

East Coast ports, including Charleston’s, debate Cuban trade

East Coast ports, including Charleston’s, debate Cuban trade By David Wren dwren@postandcourier.com Jan 29, 2017 El Nuevo Herald via Associated Press The first legal exports from Cuba to the U.S. in more than 50 years arrived at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., last week. The shipment aboard the K-Storm included two containers of artisanal […] Continue reading

American Airlines soars into the Cuban market but most flights are half empty

American Airlines soars into the Cuban market but most flights are half empty BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com American Airlines has been flying to five Cuban cities for just over a month but so far its regularly scheduled flights to the island are often less than half full. With 56 weekly flights to Cuba already and […] Continue reading

Cuba approves U.S. air marshals on commercial flights

Cuba approves U.S. air marshals on commercial flights NORA GÁMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com Cuba will allow U.S. air marshals on regularly scheduled commercial flights between the two countries, island authorities announced Friday. Josefina Vidal, director of the Cuban Foreign Ministry’s department for the United States, posted on her Twitter account that an “arrangement on the deployment […] Continue reading

Cuba airport security causes senators to call for pause in U.S.-Cuba flights

Cuba airport security causes senators to call for pause in U.S.-Cuba flights Last week, regularly-scheduled commercial flights between the U.S. and Cuba took off for the first time in more than fifty years. Now, a bipartisan pair of senators has submitted legislation to ground those planes over what they say are airport security concerns. Senators […] Continue reading

Lessons From Myanmar

Lessons From Myanmar / 14ymedio, Eliecer Avila 14ymedio, Eliecer Avila, Yangon, Myanmar, 2 September 2016 — During his visit to Cuba, US President Barack Obama mentioned the changes in Burma (now Myanmar) as an example of the most recent democratic transition from a fierce military dictatorship that lasted over half a century. Since then, the […] Continue reading

JetBlue Ends Abusive Prices of Charter Flights to Cuba

JetBlue Ends Abusive Prices of Charter Flights to Cuba / 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Santa Clara, 31 August 2016 – Raul Caceres was a bundle of nerves as he put the finishing touches on the JetBlue Airlines office that opened this Wednesday in the airport in Santa Clara, Cuba. A few hours before […] Continue reading

Top Official Of The Ministry Of The Interior Implicated In Contraband Case – Crime Or Reckoning?

Top Official Of The Ministry Of The Interior Implicated In Contraband Case: Crime Or Reckoning? / Juan Juan Almeida Juan Juan Almeida, August 8, 2016 — This past July 18, in the Cuban capital, Lieutenant Colonel Rafael Mujica, the head of the Capdevila Special Command of Firefighters, Boyeros municipality, and of the prevention unit of […] Continue reading

Cuba flights spark security concerns

Cuba flights spark security concerns Bart Jansen, USA TODAY 5:32 p.m. EDT July 12, 2016 WASHINGTON – A trio of House lawmakers introduced legislation Tuesday to block flights the Transportation Department has approved between Cuba and the U.S. because of security concerns that the direct flights will ease the flow of bombs and terrorists to […] Continue reading

Cuba Picks Russian Air Traffic Control ahead of US Flights

Cuba Picks Russian Air Traffic Control ahead of US Flights Cuban Firm Aviaimport Closed Deal with Russian Giant Azimut to Modernize the Island’s Airports JULY 4, 2016 AT 12:23 PM The largest Russian manufacturer of electronic devices for civil aviation will be in charge of creating a new air traffic control system for Cuba. The […] Continue reading

FedEx Downsizes Cuba Ambitions in Amended Flight Request

FedEx Downsizes Cuba Ambitions in Amended Flight Request Express airline drops Miami-Havana cargo application for Miami-Veradero route using turboprop plane By MIKE ESTERL June 17, 2016 3:06 p.m. ET FedEx Corp. won’t be flying a big cargo plane into Havana anytime soon. The express delivery giant dropped its bid to operate to Cuba’s capital and […] Continue reading

Norwegian company looks at running ferry from Key West to Cuba

Norwegian company looks at running ferry from Key West to Cuba BY GWEN FILOSA gfilosa@keynoter.comMay 28, 2016 Representatives of one of Norway’s largest ferry operators met this week with the city of Key West’s port director, as city leaders say they won’t give up on the idea of landing a Key West-to-Cuba ferry. The meeting […] Continue reading

Cubans Cheer the First Cruise Ship From Miami

Cubans Cheer the First Cruise Ship From Miami / 14ymedio, Yosmany Mayeta Labrada 14ymedio, Yosmany Mayeta Labrada, Havana, 2 May 2016 — The clock struck nine as the cruise ship Adonia entered the bay of Havana. Dozens of people enthusiastically welcomed the first pleasure boat to come to the island from Miami in the last […] Continue reading

What Miami cruise ship passengers had to do to clear Cuban security

What Miami cruise ship passengers had to do to clear Cuban security Booths were set up in the cruise terminal Cruisers had to walk through metal detectors And then they were greeted with a free rum and Coke BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com HAVANA When passengers came ashore for the inaugural voyage of Carnival Corp.’s Fathom […] Continue reading

Cruise to Cuba leaves Miami on historic voyage

Cruise to Cuba leaves Miami on historic voyage The 600 passengers on the Adonia are first cruisers to take such trip in half a century Making history “is one of the greatest honors a company can have,” CEO says Ship will arrive Monday morning in Havana BY MIMI WHITEFIELD mwhitefield@miamiherald.com The Fathom Adonia moved into […] Continue reading

Life is a carnival

Life is a carnival JUAN ANTONIO BLANCO | Miami | 26 Abr 2016 – 11:48 am. The passionate controversy that recently erupted around the Carnival cruise line reminded me of the immortal Celia Cruz song “La vida es un carnaval.” A foolhardy decision by said company sparked criticism from the Cuban-American community, amongst both those […] Continue reading

US customs prepares for more international flights in Keys

US customs prepares for more international flights in Keys Published on April 18, 2016 MARATHON, Fla. – A new customs checkpoint is opening at Florida Keys airport in preparation for more traffic involving the island chain and Cuba and other international destinations. According to a statement from the Monroe County Board of Commissioners, the new […] Continue reading

Ferry Operators Discuss Connecting Cuba With Florida Ports

Ferry Operators Discuss Connecting Cuba With Florida Ports Ferry operators interested in carrying cargo and passengers to Cuba have opened discussions with officials at several Florida ports. Such service has not yet begun because the Cuban government has not approved a U.S. ferry to use one of its ports, but ferries are expected to be […] Continue reading

U.S. to open more airports to Cuban travel

U.S. to open more airports to Cuban travel By Marilyn Malara | March 19, 2016 at 11:42 AM WASHINGTON, March 19 (UPI) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will allow more airports to support flights to and from Cuba as part of its most recent change to current travel regulations to the communist country. […] Continue reading

Silver Airways wants Cuba route from Key West

Silver Airways wants Cuba route from Key West BY KEVIN WADLOW kwadlow@keynoter.com March 5, 2016 The busiest airline at Key West International Airport wants to fly to destinations throughout Cuba. Silver Airways, which flies 34-passenger twin-propeller aircraft, filed its application Tuesday to fly from Florida to 10 destinations in Cuba. “While many airlines will apply […] Continue reading

There Isn’t Enough Beer For So Many ‘Yumas’

There Isn’t Enough Beer For So Many ‘Yumas’ / 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata Posted on February 6, 2016 14ymedio, Zunilda Mata, Viñales and Havana, 6 February 2016 – First they ran out of water bottles, then packaged juices became scarce, and now it is difficult to find fresh fruit. This is how a hostess of tourist […] Continue reading