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US suspended flights to Cuba airports

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — US authorities ordered to suspend flights of US airlines to Cuba airports, leaving flights only to Havana, the US Department of State reports.

“At the request of the Secretary of State, the Department of Transportation has suspended, until further notice, planned flights between US airports and Cuba’s international airports, with the exception of the Havana International Airport named after Marty,” the US State Department said.

The United States is taking such measures to “prevent the Cuban regime from earning money on American air travel” from funds that the Cuban authorities use “in repressions against Cuban citizens and in support of Nicholas Maduro in Venezuela,” the State Department said.

“By suspending flights, (…) the United States prevents the Cuban regime from gaining access to hard currency from American travelers who stay in hotels controlled by the authorities, visit state-owned sights and replenish the Cuban regime’s treasury in other ways,” the state said department.

Flights of American airlines to nine airports in Cuba are suspended. US airlines are given 45 days to comply with the requirement.

Cuban authorities criticized the US decision.

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