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SIX US airlines have been licensed to operate up to 90 round- trip flights per day to Cuba, potentially opening up a new era for mass tourism.
The US Department of Transportation announced the licenses last Friday (10).
Cuba and the US restored diplomatic ties in July 2015 after a long stand-off, and in February, agreed to resume flights.
Last week, the transportation secretary Anthony Foxx awarded licenses to American Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Jet- Blue, Silver Airways, Southwest and Sun Country Airlines to operate flights from their hubs.
The Cuban cities served will be Camaguey, Cayo Coco, Cayo Largo, Cienfuegos, Holguín, Manzanillo, Matanzas, Santa Clara and Santiago de Cuba.
US airlines also asked to serve the Cuban capital Havana, but requests exceeded the slots available so officials are sorting through the requests.