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    US airlines eager to fly to Cuba

    US airlines eager to fly to Cuba
    JetBlue, Delta, United airlines already expressing interest
    Author: By Katie Lobosco and Rene Marsh
    Published On: Jan 15 2015 08:03:36 PM EST Updated On: Jan 15 2015
    08:26:47 PM EST

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -
    It has been decades since U.S. airlines could make commercial flights
    from the States to Cuba, but that is about to change.

    JetBlue, Delta and United airlines are already expressing interest in
    adding the route.

    On Thursday, the White House announced details about new regulations
    that will make it easier for Americans to travel to Cuba. They come
    after President Obama said he would begin thawing relations with the
    Communist country last month.

    “We plan to serve Cuba, subject to government approvals, and look
    forward to doing so from our global gateways of Newark and Houston,” a
    United spokesperson said Thursday.

    Under the relaxed rules, travel agents and airlines can book tickets for
    U.S. citizens to Cuba without a special license from the Treasury
    Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.

    And Americans will be able to visit, so long as the trip meets certain
    criteria. Those traveling to the island will also be allowed to use
    credit cards, a restriction that complicated trips to Cuba in the past.

    The policy change is shy of a complete lifting of the embargo, which
    requires Congressional action. It came as part of a larger deal that
    secured the release of Alan Gross, an American government subcontractor
    who was imprisoned on the island for five years.

    Details about the travel rules were just released on Thursday and the
    Department of Transportation said that it expects many U.S. airlines
    will be interested providing service on this route.

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