Silver Airways opens second US commercial route to Cuba
HAVANA - A Silver Airways flight landed last Thursday morning at the Abel Santamaria International Airport in Santa Clara, Cuba, opening a second US commercial connection with Cuba, following a JetBlue inaugural flight on Wednesday, in what has been the resumption of direct regular flights between the US and Cuba since they were cancelled over 50 years ago.
Silver Airways CEO Sami Teittener was among the passengers to land at the airport, where they were welcomed by commercial and business vice-director of the Cuban Airport Service Company (CACSA) Rosa Elena Nieves and by airport director Omar Andres Gil.
In statements to reporters, Teittener said this is the first time ever for a Silver Airways aircraft to have made a commercial flight to Cuba and now those planes will be coming to Santa Clara three times a week.
Silver Airways expects to also serve other Cuban destinations, including eastern Camaguey and Holguin and also Cienfuegos in the south-central part of the island. Such flights will start in October and, in November, Silver will fly to Cayo Coco key, off the central Cuban coast, and Santiago de Cuba, while in December the destinations will include western Matanzas, eastern Manzanillo City and Cayo Largo Key.
For the Silver CEO, Cuba is an emerging market with huge opportunities for development over the next few years, given its tourist potential and the presence in the US of a large Cuban American community.