The Biden administration on Wednesday lifted Trump-era flight restrictions that prevented U.S. airlines and charter flights from flying to cities in Cuba other than Havana.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the lifting of the ban was in support of the Cuban people and in “the foreign policy interest of the United States”.
He had submitted a written request to the US Department of Transportation on Tuesday, and the department made the change on Wednesday.
Between 2019 and 2020, the Trump administration issued several travel restrictions for Cuba, which the Biden government says it wants to relax in recent weeks.
Cuba “uses tourism and travel funds to fund its abuses and meddling in Venezuela. Dictators must not benefit from US travel,” President Trump’s then Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, according to Reuters.
The Biden White House also plans to lift restrictions on money immigrants can send to people on the island.
The government said it will also reinstate Cuba’s probationary family reunification program, which has a backlog of more than 20,000 applications, and improve consular services and visa processing.
“Through these actions, we want to support Cubans’ quest for freedom and greater economic opportunity so they can lead prosperous lives at home,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said last month.
https://nypost.com/2022/06/02/biden-administration-lifting-trump-era-restrictions-on-cuba-flights/ Biden administration lifts Trump-era restrictions on flights to Cuba