Cuba to give Canada more air access to boost tourism
The Canadian Press
Date: Friday Jan. 15, 2010 5:20 PM ET
OTTAWA — The federal government has reached a new agreement with Cuba's
communist regime that will give Canadian airlines expanded access to the
Caribbean island's sunny skies.
The Canadian Press has learned that the new deal would permit four
Canadian charter airlines to fly between multiple locations after
landing in Cuba.
That means winter sun seekers would be able to fly on Canadian air
carriers to destinations within Cuba, presumably on a single vacation.
Cuban officials confirmed today that the deal would be announced next week.
Last year, a record 900,000 Canadian tourists visited Cuba, and the
Castro regime is anxious to top the one-million mark this year.
The new deal comes just weeks after the United States tightened air
travel restrictions on Cuba and 13 other countries, branding them
terrorist threats following last month's incident with a bomber who
threatened to blow up an airliner bound for Detroit.
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