A small number of charter flights presently operate between the two countries, but capacity is expected to rise significantly as mainline airlines return. More than 100 flights a day are envisaged under the deal, five times the current number.
The flights could begin in autumn this year, with United States transportation secretary Anthony Foxx branding the latest deal a ‘critically important milestone in the US effort to engage with Cuba’.
The US imposed a trade embargo on the communist-run island in 1960.
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