Cuba’s Havana airport to resume commercial flight operations

12 November 2020 (Last Updated November 12th, 2020 12:17)

José Martí International Airport in the Cuban capital of Havana is set to resume commercial flight operations ahead of the tourism season in the country.

Cuba’s Havana airport to resume commercial flight operations
Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport Terminal 3. Credit: Tacorontey.

José Martí International Airport in the Cuban capital of Havana is set to resume commercial flight operations ahead of the country’s tourism season.

The airport was closed for more than seven months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The step comes after Cuba opened most of the country to travellers last month in a bid to revive the tourism sector, reported Reuters.

The tourism season stretches from November to March in the Caribbean island nation. However, the global pandemic situation is anticipated to shrink traveller inflows this year.

As planned, Cuban authorities will test all international passengers for Covid-19 following arrival, the news agency added, citing the local state-run media.

It will also charge a health tariff for the maintenance of new hygiene protocols.

José Martí International Airport, which serves as the main international gateway to Cuba, is located around 15km from the city in the south-west direction.

The airport opened in 1930 and now features four terminals. It is operated by Empresa Cubana de Aeropuertos y Servicios Aeronáuticos (ECASA).

The Havana airport connects the capital with the Caribbean, North and South America. It also offers one flight to Africa (Angola) and Asia (China).

Cuba has largely been successful in restricting the spread of Covid-19 in the country. As of 12 November, the island nation reported 7,429 confirmed cases and 130 deaths related to the disease.

Globally, the novel coronavirus has infected more than 52 million people and killed 1.28 million people.