Breaking news: U.S. places more restrictions on flights to Cuba

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has just announced a further tightening of air travel between the U.S. and Castrogonia.

The new sanctions apply to charter flights, and extend restrictions placed recently on commercial flights.

All passenger flights from the U.S. to Cuba — charter as well as commercial — will now be limited to Jose Marti airport in Havana.

This should put a crimp in the travel plans of Cuban Yo-Yo’s as well as on American tourists.

And it should also greatly sadden the former occupant of the White House, whose Cuba policy legacy is now in tatters. Naturally, it will also elicit howls of all sorts from all Castrophiles and Obamanoids.

Press release from Mike Pompeo at the U.S. State Department

Today, at my request, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) suspended until further notice all public charter flights between the United States and Cuban destinations other than Havana’s José Martí International Airport.  Nine Cuban airports currently receiving U.S. public charter flights will be affected.  Public charter flight operators will have a 60-day wind-down period to discontinue all affected flights.  Also, at my request, DOT will impose an appropriate cap on the number of permitted public charter flights to José Martí International Airport.  DOT will issue an order in the near future proposing procedures for implementing the cap.

Today’s action will prevent the Cuban regime from benefitting from expanded charter service in the wake of the October 25, 2019, action suspending scheduled commercial air service to Cuba’s airports other than Havana. 

Today’s action will further restrict the Cuban regime’s ability to obtain revenue, which it uses to finance its ongoing repression of the Cuban people and its unconscionable support for dictator Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela.  In suspending public charter flights to these nine Cuban airports, the United States further impedes the Cuban regime from gaining access to hard currency from U.S. travelers.

For more information on this action, please refer to the notice posted in the federal docket management system at www.regulations.gov.