ASTA Statement on Restoring Commercial Flights to Cuba

Published on : Thursday, December 17, 2015

ASTAAmerican Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) President and CEO Zane Kerby issues this statement regarding the U.S. State Department’s announcement today that it has reached a bilateral arrangement with Cuba to establish scheduled air service between the two countries:

 

“ASTA congratulates the State Department on reaching an agreement with Cuba that brings us closer to restoring the right of all Americans to fly to Cuba, which has been denied them for far too long. ASTA member travel agents believe that Americans ought to be allowed to travel across the globe without restriction, allowing them to act as ambassadors of freedom and American values abroad.

“ASTA estimates at least two million additional Americans could visit Cuba by 2017 if Congress votes for a full lifting of travel restrictions before the end of this year. While U.S. law still prohibits travel to Cuba for tourist activities, we are encouraged by the continued progress made by the Obama Administration, and we strongly urge Congress to fully repeal the travel ban once and for all.

“Resuming commercial air travel will benefit American consumers and the ASTA travel agents who serve them. ASTA continues to support an increase in travelers’ choices to Cuba and a full and complete lifting of travel restrictions.”

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