Cubana Cancels Flights To 7 Destinations As US Pressure On Cuba Mounts

Cubana de Aviación has announced that it will stop flying to seven destinations. This move has come as a result of the increased pressure on Cuba from the United States.

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Cubana has suspended seven services amid US pressure on Cuba. Photo: Dmitry Terekhov via Flickr

Tension mounting

Earlier this week, the US government suspended operations to nine destinations in Cuba. The White House claims that his move was to stop the flow of money to Cuba’s government. The state has been criticized for its support for disputed Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro.

Many members of the international community don’t recognize the politician as the official head of Venezuela amid civil tensions in his country. However, the US claims that Cuba has supported Maduro despite reports of oppression.   

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With the exception of Havana, the rest of Cuba’s cities are now cut off from the US. On Cuba News reports that this has already had a huge impact on operations. Subsequently, Cubana has had two aircraft lease contracts terminated due to the embargo according to the airline’s deputy director Arsenio Arocha Elías-Moisés.

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Cubana will be hoping to overcome the operational issues as soon as possible. Photo: U-95 via Wikimedia Commons

Caribbean collapse

The director didn’t share who the third-country firms were, but this move has forced his company to cancel several of its services. These locations are all based around the Caribbean Sea. The seven destinations are Caracas, Cancun, Fort-de-France, Mexico City, Pointe-à-Pitre, Port-au-Prince, and Santo Domingo.

Cubana confirmed that the suspended operations will impact around 400,000 people. Furthermore, the airline had stated that the sanctions will cause huge indirect economic damages. Furthermore, the businessman also confirmed that his company will refund the total value of the tickets to affected customers that were set to travel on flights to these destinations.

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Despite the problems, the Cuban flag carrier is already assessing suitable solutions to relaunch the canceled services. This is not the first time that the state-owned airline has suffered as a consequence of hostile US-Cuba relations. The airline was greatly implicated during tensions between the two countries during the Cold War. There were multiple hijackings on Cubana flights during this sensitive period.

Cubana is no stranger to state-level tensions. Photo: Happypepe via Wikipedia Commons

Complex relationship

However, the relationship between the two countries began to warm from 2014, when the US opened up a dialogue. Thereafter, in 2016, Barack Obama became the first president to set foot on Cuban soil since 1928. It also became easier for US citizens to travel to the island with new operations serving its cities. This calm period didn’t last for long, as the current administration decided to reverse its predecessor’s policy.

Nonetheless, Cubana will be hoping that a solution can be implemented soon so effective air travel can remain open for its passengers.

Simple Flying reached out to Cubana for comment on the news but did not hear back before publication. We will update this article with any further announcements.

What do you think of the suspension of these seven Cubana destinations? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section.

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Mario Masciullo

My opinion is that the USA Gov.t decision is further damaging the economy of a country, CUBA, whos receipt from tourism is one of the major survivals income

Fernenb

Yes is doing more harm Dan good .tack care have you one country first instenb have trying to control Ader country
Mister sromp.

Mario Masciullo

My opinion is that the USA Gov.t decision is further damaging the economy of a country, CUBA, whose receipt from tourism is one of the major income.

F/A

The U.S. Administration is out of control. They are destroying our reputation around the world, creating hardship for all of us living here. Trump is destroying our country and people.

TheDude

Maybe by supporting Maduro you are doing that to yourself…

Tricia

F/A, this is NOT the time to become a “Snowflake!” The USA is stronger than it has been in over 8 years. Unemployment is at a record low for “ALL” Americans. Your ignorance is showing, as is your thirst for fake news!

ExPatBrit

The Kurds disagree with you

Matt

Why should the US pay for everyone else’s defense? You obviously didn’t like paying the UK tax bill and moved somewhere else. Why should I pay to send my friends and neighbors to go fight wars we have nothing to do with?

Victoria Larson

STOP selling arms to other countries,USA, and then going into these countries to kill and destroy their infrastructure. Start building and stop destroying. You are a part of a global community and we have to learn to live in harmony instead of seeking new ways to destroy the planet and its people.

TheDude

The Kurds are not the responsibility of the USA. We are not going to spend money and blood so they can carve out their own country in Syria.

Scott Leckie

Tricia – It amazes me how many Americans are so blind to the fact that the economy moves in cycles and how those president’s who sat in office during a cyclical upturn are seen as having been responsible for the upturn and those who had the misfortune to govern in a downturn are seen as responsible for that downturn. Your President conducts himself like a fool and the U.S. has become the laughing stock of the entire world. So glad to live in Canada!

John Mehlhopt

Typical American interference

Dennis Goodman

Time the USA grew up and stopped being the world’s bully boys. I make it clear Donald Trump is not welcome in New Zealand.

TheDude

lol these sanctions go back decades

William Payne

The embargo has been going on since I was a child and that is ridiculous. How could a country with 1/30 of our population and 1/100 of our size possibly be a threat?

William Payne

It only hurts ordinary Cubans. I visited Cuba back in March and they’re wonderful people. I got to see Russian built airliners at Jose Marti airport and that was a bonus!

Terry

What bullies we are. Make the ppl suffer, while I’m certain the well to do owners of the airlines and those in high political power have no problem with their 3 squares a day and keeping the lights on. Traveling when & where ever they want.

Tony

Thoughts:
1) Cubans are accoustomed to embargos.
2) China has been increasing its influence in the Carribbean that may offset US pressure.
2) China has been upgrading the Cuban rail system. (Not subject to embargos)
3) We could expect COMAC C919 in Cubana livery.

Victoria Larson

The United States is a BIG BULLY led by someone who has no respect around the globe. He is trying to destroy many countries and many people. It is sickening that the United States is using its might to threaten other countries, take their livelihood, and make innocent people suffer. Is there any other country that has any respect left for a man who is turning people’s stomachs every day? I am sad for the American people who are caught up in the trap being thrown to them by someone who seems to care about no one except himself! I… Read more »