havana-live-air-chinaHAVANA, June 14  China and Cuba are planning a direct flight linking the two’s capitals across the vast Pacific Ocean, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said on Saturday.

Air China will operate the flight.

Details of when the flights will be launched and how frequent they will be has not been revealed.

CAAC does say the new flights will help promote cultural exchanges.

Chinese travellers hoping to get to Cuba have been forced to land in a 3rd country, normally Canada, before being able to make the trip to the island nation, making the journey additionally long.