Jet Linx Aviation Gets Green Light for Cuba Flights
Jet Linx Aviation achieved authorization to operate in Cuba in March, and completed its first flight to Cuba in May. Pending local U.S. customs office approval to clear flights, Jet Card holders and aircraft owners, with permission to travel to the country that once barred U.S. travel, can fly to Havana and 11 other airports in Cuba with Jet Linx from anywhere in the U.S.
“We are thrilled to announce the expansion of our international service area to include Cuba, and the successful completion of our first flight,” said Jamie Walker, President & CEO of Jet Linx. “Inquiries regarding this destination have been steady, and our clients have expressed excitement to take advantage of this new capability, with the same high-standard, personalized service we offer.”
In February, a bilateral agreement between United States and Cuba to restore scheduled air services signaled a new era, opening the gateways to easier travel and big opportunities within the industries. With the agreement in place, various restrictions still apply to travel to Cuba, and trips to the area require careful planning, including permission to travel according to 31 CFR § 515.560.
“Visas are required for passengers, and landing permits must be obtained,” said Mike Kopp, Director of Operations of Jet Linx. “Significant advanced planning must be done to ensure that all of the proper permits, Visas, handling arrangements and authorizations are completed prior to all operations to Cuba, and our team is prepared to help address these special needs.”
Valid reasons to visit the country include: official US, foreign or nongovernmental organization business; journalistic activity; professional research and meetings; educational or religious activities; public performances, clinics, workshops, athletic and other competitions, and exhibitions; support for the Cuban people; and humanitarian projects. Tourism is not considered a valid reason.
Source: Aviation Pros