US-Cuban aviation deal possible this year, official says

By REUTERS
September 30, 2015 05:26

 
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Cuba and the United States advanced toward restoring scheduled airline service during two days of talks that concluded in Havana on Tuesday, with the potential to reach a deal this year, a US official said.

"One more meeting might be enough to finalize an arrangement. I can't be sure," said the US official, who was familiar with the talks and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The two sides planned to meet again, possibly before the end of this year and most likely in Washington, the official told Reuters.

Scheduled commercial airline service has been suspended for decades as a result of Cold War animosity, but both sides quickly made resumption a priority upon detente last December.

Charter flights have long connected the United States and Cuba. Then Washington initiated new rules in January that more easily permit US airlines to fly to Cuba.

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