Cienfuegos airport restarts its flights to Miami

Cienfuegos airport restarts its flights to Miami

HAVANA, Feb 23. The Jaime González International Airport in Cienfuegos will soon reestablish charter flights to Miami, a connection that had been suspended since 2017,The official press said this Wednesday, which did not specify the date on which the route will begin to operate. The frequency, they clarified, will be twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays, at noon.

Laifrez Fernández, director of the entity, declared to the local media 5 Septiembre that this is “a very good opportunity for residents abroad and those who live here, and who go to visit (the United States).” He added that the location of the terminal is “ideal to provide services to other locations in the center of the country.”

Since the closure of all commercial routes six years ago in Jaime González, it has been the Abel Santamaría airport in Villa Clara, with the support of the Government, has operated all the routes that connect with the center of the Island. Its proximity to the North Keys of the province and Ciego de Ávila favors the movement of tourists

The terminal has also been favored by the constant arrival of Cubans residing abroad – it has almost twenty weekly frequencies to Tampa or Miami –, who arrive both in Villa Clara and continue by land to nearby provinces: Cienfuegos, Ciego de Ávila , Sancti Espíritus and even Camagüey.

The Abel Santamaría, the most important in the center, was also awarded this January with the Customer Service Cup, awarded by American Airlines.

In what seems like an attempt to restore operations and reactivate tourism in the center of the island, the regime decided last December to reopen the doors of the Cienfuegos airport, whose first visitors were a group of Canadian tourists who flew with Sunwing. Airlines, “the airline that moves the most visitors from that country to Cuba,” the authorities then celebrated.

A few days later, a flight also arrived from Caracas, with a stopover in Jamaica, and operated by the Venezuelan Albatros Airlines, to improve the sector “for the high season.”

The reopening of the terminal seems to follow the state plan to improve tourism on the Island. Although the forecast for the last two years has failed, the Cuban Government proposed in 2024 to attract about 3 million visitors, a figure that is below the 3.5 million estimated for the previous year, but well above the real number of travelers with which 2023 closed, just 2.4 million.