American Airlines said it is ready to begin scheduled flights to Cuba.
On Monday, Cuba and the U.S. reopened embassies in Havana and Washington D.C., for the first time in over 50 years. American has operated charter flights to Cuba for close to 25 years but regularly scheduled air service between the two countries is currently not permitted.
“The reopening of the United States and Cuban embassies in Havana and Washington is an important step toward building new commercial relationships and re-establishing scheduled air service between the U.S. and Cuba,” said American chief executive Doug Parker in a statement. “We stand ready to begin scheduled service when it's allowed."
American said it will operate about 1,100 charter flights to Cuba this year from Miami and Tampa. It flies to Camaguey, Cienfuegos, Havana, Holguin and Santa Clara in Cuba.