U.S. citizens looking to visit Cuba now have more options of departure locations after eight new airports were given permission to schedule flights to and from the island nation.
According to the Huffington Post, charter flights to Cuba can now be scheduled from international airports in Atlanta, Tampa, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Baltimore, Dallas/Fort Worth, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Flights can also be scheduled from O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, according to U.S. Customs and Border Enforcement officials.
Previously, flights were only permitted from New York, Miami, and Los Angeles. The expansion was part of President Barack Obama’s pledge earlier this year to work on U.S. and Cuban diplomatic relations.
Only those who meet certain requirements (i.e. people from Cuba and those traveling with religious groups or for educational purposes) are allowed to book the flights, but the new development does make a huge difference for thousands of Cuban Americans across the country, and others interested in visiting the Caribbean country.