No, this is not a joke.
The Castro regime has given control of Havana’s airport to a government-run French firm, so, in essence, it has just placed the airport in the hands of the French government.
You can rest assured that this won’t be viewed as a surrender of sovereignty by Castro, Inc., but rather as a sweet deal that will result in more income.
As usual, the military junta that runs the country has admitted that it can’t really do anything, and that its enslaved people are worthless and inconsequential.
Castrogonia builds nothing, manufactures nothing but cigars (for foreign consumption), imports most of its food, and depends on money flowing in from abroad for its survival (tourism and remittances from Cuban “exile” yo-yo’s).
Everything new is built by foreigners and run by foreigners for the foreigners who visit the island or trade with it.
The new Mariel port, the hotels, now the biggest airport on the island slave plantation. All foreign. All designed to keep apartheid in place.
From Granma Lite (AP) via the Washington Post:
French will renovate and operate Havana airport
More than 2 million tourists have visited Cuba this year, state media said Wednesday, putting the country on track for a record number of visitors bringing badly needed cash to an economy facing a sharp reduction in subsidized oil from its chief ally, Venezuela.
Tourism Minister Manuel Marrero said visitor numbers were running 12 percent ahead of those last year, which already saw a record number of tourists. The surge is credited to a wave of international interest in Cuba prompted by the announcement of U.S.-Cuba detente in Dec. 2014. Visitor numbers are expected to get a major boost after commercial flights from the United States begin this month.
The rise in tourism has strained Cuba’s infrastructure, filling hotels to capacity and creating long waits at Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport. The government announced Wednesday that Aeroports de Paris, the French government-controlled firm that runs Charles de Gaulle, Orly and other Paris airports, would receive a concession to operate Jose Marti, which would be renovated by the French firm Bouygues.
The announcement contained no details but updating the airport to receive hundreds of thousands more tourists a year will almost certainly become of the most important infrastructure projects in Cuba, and the largest French-Cuban deal since President Francois Hollande visited the island in May 2015.
A spokesman for Aeroports de Paris declined immediate comment.
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