History has just been made this morning at Charlotte Douglas International Airport when American Airlines passenger flight 801 departed the Queen City for Havana, Cuba.
The Airbus 319 took off at 8:50am and arrives in Havana at 11:18am.
Here’s a video of the water solute the Charlotte Fire Department gave to the historic flight:
.@charlottefd with the water cannon salute. #Havana🇺🇸🇨🇺 pic.twitter.com/tlN8hKraUW
— CLT Airport (@CLTAirport) November 30, 2016
U.S. carriers were given permission to fly to the communist country after President Obama lifted our 58 year long embargo with Cuba.
American Airlines will now be offering 1 nonstop flight each day to Havana, but in order to go, you’ll need a visa, as well as fall into one of the following categories:
• Family visits
• Official business of the U.S. government, foreign governments and certain intergovernmental organizations
• Journalistic activities
• Professional research or professional meetings
• Educational activities and people-to-people exchanges
• Religious activities
• Public performance, clinics, workshops, athletic or other competitions and exhibitions
• Support for the Cuban people
• Humanitarian projects
• Activities of private foundations or research or educational institutes
• Exportation, importation, or transmission of information or informational materials
• Travel related to certain authorized export transactions
Today’s historic public passenger flight out of the Charlotte Douglas Airport comes about 3 months after the first commercial flight in over 50 years between the United States and Cuba landed in the central city of Santa Clara, with Charlotte’s former mayor and current US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx among the passengers:
A US commercial flight arrives in Cuba,1st time in 50+ yrs with 150 passengers including US Transport @SecretaryFoxx pic.twitter.com/ZlV7sG1OCb
— All India Radio News (@airnewsalerts) September 1, 2016
Round trip tickets from Charlotte to Havana, Cuba are now cost around $1,500, to book a flight or a hotel in Cuba click here.