HAVANA, Cuba, Nov 20 (ACN) A total of 32 airlines have requested permission to restart their flights, after commercial operations were paralyzed by the pandemic, informed today Brigadier General Armando Luis Daniel López, president of the Cuban Institute of Civil Aeronautics (IACC).
Lopez said that other airlines are expected to restart operations in the coming days, as the level of activity is restored.
Before the suspension of commercial flights due to COVID-19, 60 airlines operated in Cuba.
About the resumption of commercial activities in the 10 Cuban airports, he highlighted the established sanitary protocol, which takes into account the indications of the government, the Ministry of Public Health and the guidelines of international organizations such as the International Civil Aviation Organization and the World Health Organization.
The president of the IACC described the protocol as multidisciplinary and coherent, which aims at protecting travelers, crews and airport staff.
He recalled that since October 12th, with the transition to the new normality of most Cuban provinces, regular and charter commercial flights to all airports were reestablished, with the exception of Havana's José Martí International Airport, which started operations last Sunday.
Air transport and the civil aviation system in Cuba have been among the sectors most affected by the pandemic, while recovery worldwide is forecast for 2023.
Cuba reiterates its decision to guarantee the health of its citizens, as well as of the foreigners that arrive to the country, ratifying itself as a safe destination, finally stated.