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Though the cold war officially ended quite some time ago, the thawing process between the United States and Cuba has been extraordinarily slow. After more than five decades without a single commercial flight, the island oasis better known as Cuba is preparing to receive up to 110 flights per day…

In an agreement, effective immediately, US airlines may begin submitting applications for the 110 possible daily flights between the two nations, instantly making Cuba one of the most sought after and serviced Caribbean destinations. This is big business, and up to 110 flights per day is extraordinary, allowing each airline up to 20 flights per day, serving as many as ten Cuban cities.

We’ll have to wait until the Cuban cigar smoke clears for official approval of these flights, with the first journeys estimated to be approved and ready within six months. Cuban airlines will have the opportunity to bid these routes equally, but are required to register and certify in the US before any applications may take place, an extremely lengthy process.

This marks exciting times for travelers. Cuba offers one of the most dramatic landscapes in the Caribbean, with unique cultural offerings and plush beaches. Getting there without appearing on an FBI database or catching a questionable charter flight, on one of the 110 flights to come in the near future will surely create a lasting buzz. Perhaps that’s the Cuban formula rum…

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