Informacion economica sobre Cuba

Charter adding Tampa-Cuba flight

By TED JACKOVICS | The Tampa Tribune

Published: June 19, 2012

TAMPA —

Island Travel & Tours Ltd. soon will add a second round-trip flight

between Tampa and Havana, increasing weekly flights on three charter

services serving Tampa and Cuba from five to six a week.

The additional flight will be offered beginning July 4 and reflects both

the success for Tampa-Cuba flights that began in September after a

50-year hiatus and the strength of summer demand for travel to Cuba.

"For the next six weeks, we are totally booked," said Bill Hauf,

president of Island Travel & Tours, who opened a Tampa office on West

Columbus Drive to support the Cuba flights.

Hauf said Tampa-Havana flights have averaged 106 passengers on the

Boeing 737, which is normally configured for 142 passengers. Summer

advance sales are averaging more than 134 passengers, he said.

Cuban-Americans carrying extra bags with items in short supply in Cuba

sometimes restricts the numbers of seats that can be sold.

Hauf worked for more than three years with U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor and

the previous aviation authority administration to get Cuban and U.S.

government permission to launch Cuban charter flights from Tampa.

"Only Tampa and Fort Lauderdale have been successful in starting and

maintaining new Cuba charter flights," Hauf said, referring to the

January 2011 Obama administration policy to expand the number of

airports permitted to have flights to and from Cuba. Previously, flights

to Cuba had only been allowed from airports in Miami, New York and Los

Angeles.

In addition to Island Travel & Tours, Miami-based ABC Charters offers a

weekly flight between Tampa and Havana and a weekly flight between Tampa

and Holguin, which is on the eastern side of Cuba.

http://www2.tbo.com/news/business/2012/jun/19/mebizo1-charter-adding-tampa-cuba-flight-ar-417621/


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