Washington. US Department of State said the United States would ban US airlines from flying to all Cuban international airports except the international airport in Havana starting from December to further pressure the Cuban government. Scheduled air service between the United States and Cuban international airports other than Havana's Jose Marti International Airport would be barred in 45 days, the State Department said in a statement.
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This move aims to prevent the Cuban government from profiting from U.S. air travel, the statement added. According to US media, the United States will suspend scheduled flights from various U.S. cities to nine destinations in Cuba, including Santa Clara, Santiago, and Holguin.
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez condemned the U.S. move on Twitter, saying it "strengthens US citizens' travel ban; mutilates U.S. people liberties & damages people-to-people contacts." "But they won't extract any concession from us. We shall overcome!" Rodriguez wrote.
The US-Cuba relationship has deteriorated under the administration of US President Donald Trump, who has rolled back the detente initiated by his predecessor Barack Obama.