Anthony Foxx and Adel Yzquierdo Rodriguez Sign Agreement
U.S.Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Cuba’s Minister of Transportation Adel Yzquierdo Rodriguez sign the agreement.

On Tuesday, the U.S. and Cuba signed an agreement that will see the re-establishment of regular air service between the two countries.

According to the agreement, each country is allowed to operate up to 20 roundtrip flights between the U.S. and Havana. Moreover, U.S. carriers have the option of applying to run up to 10 daily round-trips between the U.S. and nine other airports in Cuba.

In the statement that followed the announcement, the U.S Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said:

“We are excited to announce the availability of new scheduled air service opportunities to Cuba for U.S. carriers, shippers, and the travelling public and we will conduct this proceeding in a manner designed to maximize public benefits,”

Baltimore,Washington International, Thurgood, Marshall and a handful of other airports have continued to provide flights on contract between the U.S. and Havana on over 50 years now but there remained the lack of frequently planned flights between them.

The U.S. government under the leadership of president Obama in 2014 declared that they would be reinstating the broken political links between the United States and Cuba. 2015 witnessed the initiation of the agreement through the drafting of an arrangement to resume air services between the two countries although the agreement was not legally binding. The Cuban Embassy in Washington was reopened in July with John Kerry, the Secretary of State overseeing the U.S one opened in Havana in August.

U.S. airlines have shown their exceeding willingness to maximize on the mended relationship with an indication of submitting applications on the routes with likely profitability. The senior vice president for government affairs and associate general counsel Rob Land congratulated the two countries’ official upon signing the agreement, terming it an imperative achievement.

Boasting of their long experience and top position in flying Caribbean routes, Land expressed the anticipation that the airline has in growing their services through the scheduling of various flights between the countries. He said their hope was to provide reasonably priced yet premium services that would place the airline an edge above their competitors.

The CEO for American Airlines, Doug Parker also revealed that his Airline awaited in anticipation their submission of a tender for the Cuba route service in the near future whilst he commended the government of the United States for the re-established ties with Cuba after a long period of time of over 50 years.

Other airlines that expressed interest included the United airlines that are predominant at Washington Dulles International Airport although shied off revealing the specific airport the given flights would run from.