Friday, October 14, 2011

New Orleans OKd for Cuba service

NEW ORLEANS - Louis Armstrong International Airport was approved to join a select group of U.S. airports that can fly to and from Cuba. The U.S. government has loosened restrictions, allowing New Orleans and other international airports in the United States to apply to host flights. New Orleans and seven other airports were approved. Travel is restricted to those with close relatives in Cuba, or those involved in the medical or agricultural business sectors. Travel for educational or religious activities is also permitted. The longstanding U.S.-imposed trade embargo and travel restrictions were designed to pressure the communist nation to move toward democracy. (Sources: CNN, 10/12/11, Times-Picayune, 10/13/11)