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U.S. Department of Transportation Issues Order Finalizing Procedures to Distribute Public Charter Flights Between the United States and Havana, Cuba

Thursday, May 28, 2020

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) today issued an Order finalizing procedures to distribute public charter flights between the United States and Havana, Cuba.  The Order also grants an initial allocation of charters to the carriers Swift Air and World Atlantic Airlines for U.S.-Havana public charter flights between June 1, 2020, and May 31, 2021.  The remaining charters will be maintained in a charter pool for distribution on a first-come, first-served basis to interested carriers.  Carriers receiving flights work with tour operators that arrange the charter programs.  Earlier this year, DOT announced that it would implement a cap on Havana public charter flights in response to a request from the U.S. Department of State.  Then, in a show-cause order, DOT proposed tentative procedures to implement the cap and invited comments from interested parties.  Today’s Order finalizes the tentative procedures with certain modifications made in response to the comments filed on the record of the proceeding.  The final Order can be found at www.regulations.gov, by searching “Docket DOT-OST-2020-0011.”  Media inquiries should be directed to pressoffice@dot.gov.


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