Louis Armstrong Airport receives approval for service to Cuba

Louis Armstrong Airport receives approval for service to Cuba

Louis Armstrong Airport receives approval for service to Cuba

by WWLTV.com


Posted on March 9, 2011 at 7:36 PM

NEW ORLEANS — Flights to and from Cuba may be a reality soon for New Orleans residents, as the Louis Armstrong Airport received federal approval to serve as a port of entry to the country.

Seven other airports were approved; previously, only Los Angeles, New York and Miami could provide service to Cuba.
“The approval of New Orleans as a point of entry into Cuba is an exciting step forward for this community and the entire State of Louisiana,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “We look forward to offering these charter flights and thank the Obama Administration for opening this gateway to Cuba.”
Passengers must have close relatives in Cuba to be approved for travel, or they must be involved in the medical or agricultural business sectors.
Travel for education and religious activities is also permitted.

“We are pleased that New Orleans was approved to be one of a small group of airports nationwide that is able to provide this service,” stated Iftikhar Ahmad, Director of Aviation.
The city is working on a timeline on when the first flight may take off.


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