HAVANA, Oct. 26 The Spanish airline World2Fly inaugurated a new route to the Abel Santamaría international airport in Santa Clara, according to the national radio station Radio Taíno.According to the official press outlet, the new route aims to expand tourism to Cuba in the European market.
The route that connects Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, with the Cuban city, will have only one frequency per week, which will be every Tuesday.
Radio Taíno noted that 450 Czech and Slovak tourists arrived in Cuba on the inaugural flight to stay in the northern keys of the province of Villa Clara.
The airline has also been operating a route between Lisbon and Varadero since June 4. The inaugural flight occurred with 430 passengers and opened a service that connects weekly during the summer season to the capital of Portugal with the resort in the north of Matanzas.
Juan Carlos Martínez Nordelo, supervisor of the airline, said: “As in 2022, World2Fly encourages the arrival at the Juan Gualberto Gómez International Airport of tourists interested in getting to know Cuba.”
World2Fly’s work on the Island began when in September 2021 the Spanish multinational hotel company Iberostar operated the airline’s first flight on the Madrid-Havana route.
On the occasion, the president of the Mallorcan group Iberostar, Miguel Fluxá, declared that the future plan was to have a daily flight on that route with vacation package customers when circumstances permitted it.
“The percentage of seats sold for these flights from Spain is similar in the four aforementioned airlines, which hardly occupy half of the seats, and which make this route one of the routes that generate the greatest losses in their Latin American connections,” he indicated. Repotur, media specialized in tourism issues.
Reportur associated these low occupancy rates with “high competition”, the “loss of Cuba’s tourist reputation” and the alignment of the Cuban Government with Russia in its military invasion of Ukraine.
Currently, World2Fly has commercial offices in Havana, Santa Clara and Camagüey. It operates flights to the Cuban capital on Wednesdays and Sundays from Madrid.
In the Caribbean, it reaches other destinations, including Punta Cana, in the Dominican Republic, and Cancún, in Mexico.