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First US Commercial Flight Lands in Cuba

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Passengers of JetBlue flight 387 holding a United States, and Cuban national flags, pose for photos in front of the plane transporting U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, at the airport in Santa Clara, Cuba, Aug. 31, 2016

Passengers of JetBlue flight 387 holding a United States, and Cuban national flags, pose for photos in front of the plane transporting U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, at the airport in Santa Clara, Cuba, Aug. 31, 2016

The first regular U.S. commercial flight to Cuba in more than 50 years has landed in the central city of Santa Clara.

The JetBlue Flight 386 left Fort Lauderdale, Florida around 1400 UTC Wednesday with 150 people on board.

Among the passengers were U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, JetBlue Chief Executive Officer Robin Hayes, journalists and travelers of Cuban descent.

U.S. citizens are still prohibited from visiting as tourists, although there have long been exceptions to the ban, ranging from visiting family to business, cultural, religious and educational travel.


The last previous regular commercial flight between the United States and Cuba was in 1961. The two nations agreed in January to resume flights following the normalization of relations in December 2014.

Flights are expected to soon resume from cities including Chicago, Philadelphia and Minneapolis and Miami. They will head to eight Cuban cities and beach areas, including Camaguey, Cayo Coco, Cayo Largo, Cienfuegos, Holguin, Manzanillo, Matanzas and Santiago de Cuba.

Airport workers receive the JetBlue flight 387 holding a United States, and Cuban national flag, on the airport tarmac in Santa Clara, Cuba, Aug. 31, 2016.

Airport workers receive the JetBlue flight 387 holding a United States, and Cuban national flag, on the airport tarmac in Santa Clara, Cuba, Aug. 31, 2016.

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