By David Shepherdson
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government on Wednesday lifted a series of restrictions on flights to Cuba imposed by former President Donald Trump, ending a ban on US flights to Cuban airports outside Havana.
The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) issued the order at the request of US Secretary of State Anthony Blingen, saying the move was “in favor of the Cuban people and US foreign policy interests.” United. ”
The White House signaled a change in position last month as part of a broader review of its Cuban policy under President Joe Biden. Air restrictions were immediately lifted.
The Trump administration imposed a series of air restrictions in 2019 and 2020 in an attempt to increase US economic pressure on the Cuban government.
Under President Trump, the Department of Transportation imposed a limit of 3,600 charter flights per year to Cuba, and then stopped charter flights to Cuba. The department banned charter flights to any Cuban airport other than Havana.
The then Secretary of State Mike Pompeo used tourism and travel funds to fund his abuses and interventions in Cuba and Venezuela. Dictators cannot benefit from American tourism.
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