By Dana Niland
American Airlines welcomed the reopening of United States and Cuban embassies in Havana and Washington in a statement on Monday.
American’s Chairman and CEO Doug Parker said the move was an “important step toward building new commercial relationships and re-establishing scheduled air service between the US and Cuba.”
Parker also noted that American Airlines has operated charter flights to Cuba for almost 25 years and is prepared to begin scheduled service when it becomes permitted.
American’s charter service operates flights from Miami and Tampa to five key destinations in Cuba – Camagüey, Cienfuegos, Havana, Holguín and Santa Clara.
American and its subsidiary Envoy will operate nearly 1,100 charter flights to the island this year.