Following the lifting of U.S. restrictions on travel and trade against Cuba early this year, JetBlue has announced that passengers can now fly to Cuba from New York weekly.
This is an offshoot of the trade mission to Cuba by Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York, after a deal with JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes and Cuban officials.
Cuomo said in a TIME report, “By leading one of the first state trade missions to Cuba as the United States reestablishes diplomatic relations, we placed New York State businesses at the front of the line for new prospects in Cuba, that will in turn support jobs and economic activity here at home.”
U.S. citizens, however, cannot fly as tourist. The only purposes accepted are a.) family visits, and b.) studies. They also cannot directly book via JetBlue. Instead, they have to book via Cuba Travel Services. Flights start on July 3.