On Wednesday, February 1st, 2017, American Airlines became the 1st US Carrier to open a service center in Cuba. The Ceremony of cutting the red ribbon took place in their new offices in Miramar. As per Christine Valls, American Airline’s regional Sales Director, this move will help the customers in Cuba in booking their ticket, as they form 15 to 20 per cent of their clientele.
It is important to note that President Obama’s administration authorized 11 US airlines to begin their trips to Cuba in an effort to restore the relations with the Island. The airlines are (alphabetically): Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Frontier Airlines, JetBlue Airways Corporation, Silver Airways, Southwest Airlines co., Spirit Airlines, Sun Country Airlines and United Airlines.
Every day, there are 13 daily flights operated by American Airlines from Miami and Charlotte to Havana, as well as five other Cuban cities: Camaguey, Cienfuegos, Holguín, Santa Clara and Varadero.
Note that the 1st Trip operated by American Airlines took place on the 28th of November, 2016, and was welcomed by a Water Cannon at Jose Marti International Airport, as it is the international salute for all new airlines upon their first visit to a new city/Airport.
However, Obama’s successor President Trump said in his tweet: “If Cuba is unwilling to make a better deal for the Cuban people, the Cuban-American people, and the U.S. as a whole, I will terminate the deal.”
To answer the uncertainty, Galo Beltran, Cuba Manager for American Airlines said that the company will continue with its plans for Cuba: “We cannot speculate about what next step will be, but I can assure you that we are moving our machine forward; You are a witness to the investment and how important Cuba is to American as a U.S. entity doing business.”