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Italian airline expands flights to Cuba

Italiana aerolineaThe Italian airline Neos is considering a new flight to the central Cuban province of Villa Clara. Mid October saw the arrival of the company’s first flight to the keys – the province’s main tourist destination – located off the region’s northern coastline, reports EFE.

Onboard this first flight were some 200 Milan-based tour operators and travel agents who arrived to the province’s Abel Santamaría International Airport, interested in the quality of services and variety of tourist options offered on the island’s north-eastern keys, renowned for their virtually pristine beaches.

According to AIN, the aim of the “exploratory” visit is to “strengthen the Italian market” to Villa Clara in Cuba’s so-called tourist “high season,” which coincides with the island’s winter period, explained Cubatur’s head of regional operations, Tamara Arteaga.

Italian airline Neos was founded in 2001 and currently offers direct flights from Milan to the cities of Havana, Holguín and Santiago de Cuba (to the east) and tourist resorts of Varadero (west) and Cayo Largo (south).

2,190,134 international holidaymakers visited Cuba in the fist half of 2015, the majority from Canada, the UK, Spain, Mexico, France and Italy.


A second flight between Holguín and Georgetown, capital of the Cayman Islands, will feature on Cayman Airways’ flight schedule beginning November 28.

According to Prensa Latina direct return flights will run on Saturdays, last one hour and allow for international connections at the Owen Roberts Airport.

A statement from the company, founded in July 1968, notes that the initiative aims to respond to growing passenger demand between the two countries, as well as offering more travel options to Canadian and European tourists visiting the Cayman Islands.
The PL report also highlights that Holguín was chosen given its position as Cuba’s fourth most important city and its location, close to Santiago and Camagüey, two other popular tourist destinations.
Thus the Cuban city will become the 17th destination to feature on Cayman Airways’ flight chart.


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