HAV Prepares To Resume Operations In Coming Days

Anna Kroupina, Open Jaw

No doubt coming as welcome news to Canadian operators, Havana’s Jose Marti Airport is preparing to resume commercial operations seven months after closing due to the pandemic, the country's Prime Minister, Manuel Marrero, announced, according to CubaDebate.

HAV is the only airport that remains closed to commercial flights in Cuba, with only humanitarian and cargo operations permitted. According to the Cuban Air Navigation Company (NOTAM), Havana airport will remain closed until 10NOV, Spanish-language publication Diario Las Americas reports.

The city where time stood still since the 1950s, where Hemingway made daiquiris famous, and where music and dance floats out of Spanish historic buildings attracts more than 1 million tourists each year, according to Travel Safe Abroad.

Air travel to Cuba was banned at the start of the coronavirus pandemic on 02APR. As Open Jaw reported, all international airports in Cuba – except for HAV -- reopened to commercial flights in mid-OCT.

Once HAV reopens, all passengers will need to receive a free PCR test for COVID-19 to rule out possible contagion, in line with all other airports in the country receiving international commercial flights. 

The Cuban regime closed its borders at the end of MAR to prevent further COVID-19 infections. There have been 7,144 infections and 129 coronavirus-related deaths reported in the country since the pandemic began, according to the Reuters COVID-19 tracker.

Anna Kroupina

Anna Kroupina Journalist

Anna is OJ's newest member and she joins the team as a writer/reporter. She co-writes the daily news and covers events. Although she's new to the industry, pursuing a career path in travel/tourism has been a goal since her first family road trip to the Florida Keys sparked a desire to discover the world and this exhilarating, fast-paced industry.

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