MIAMI (WSVN) — As of Thursday, it’s been one year since President Barack Obama announced historic change between the United States and Cuba, and now with embassies restored, commercial flights to Cuba may be coming.
Previously, those wanting to fly to Cuba had to take costly charter flights. “Seven hundred dollar ticket, $600 ticket, $500 a ticket, and it’s what? A 45-minute flight? It’s difficult,” said one passenger, nicknamed Flaco, at Miami International Airport, Terminal F, as he waited for his flight to Cuba.
However, as of Thursday, U.S. and Cuban officials took the first step to allow regularly scheduled U.S. commercial flight to go to the Island. Flaco hopes this will make it easier for him to visit his 2-year-old son in Cuba. “All the Cubans hope it’ll be a little cheaper, so you can go travel and visit your family,” he said. “Family is the main thing.”
Diplomatic ties have become closer, travel restrictions have been eased, and an American wireless provider recently signed a deal with the Cuban government. Dec. 17, 2014 was the day that began unraveling decades of distance between the U.S. and Cuba. The Obama administration reestablished diplomatic relations with the island nation, bringing about major change in 2015.
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