First private U.S. planes land in Varadero

HAVANA, Oct. 11 Fourteen private U.S. planes landed Saturday in Cuba for the first time in decades. It’s another sign of the normalizing of relations between the two former Cold War enemies.

The planes landed in Varadero, 87 miles east of Havana. From there, the 28 tourists planned to visit popular sites on the island nation.

The president of the Cuban Aviation Club said more collaborative projects are in the works with similar flying clubs from Florida.

In December 2014, President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro shocked the world with their announcement that the two former adversaries would end more than a half-century of hostility and restore diplomatic relations.

Since then, the two countries have opened embassies in each other’s capitals and officials have held talks and sustained visits as they work to normalize relations.