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Airline brings Cuba closer with direct weekly flights from Houston to Havana

Airline brings Cuba closer with weekly flights from Houston to Havana

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Havana, Cuba, soon to be a straight shot from Houston for qualifying travelers. Courtesy of USAFMC
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The grandeur of Cuba's capitol awaits a growing visitor business. Photo by Nathan Laurell
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The colonial architecture of Havana is one of many lures. Courtesy of Great Houses of Havana
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Like a page from the past, Havana streets are other-worldly. Photo by Nathan Laurell
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Beginning in August, Cuba gets a bit closer to Houston when HavanaAir begins direct service between Houston Intercontinental Airport and Havana. Weekly flights will be operated on Wednesdays.

In a release today announcing the flights, PRNewswire reports that the Miami-based air carrier will utilize Eastern Air Lines Boeing 737-800 jets.

"HavanaAir has strived to extend the utmost in customer services to the island," Mark Elias, the company's president and COO, noted in a statement. "And our partnership with Eastern has proven to provide an entirely new level of service to Cuba with their Next Generation Boeing aircraft."

The Houston-Havana route will add to the company's growing system which includes 65 flights a month to Havana from Miami with additional service to Camaguey and Santa Clara, Cuba.

Don't get your hopes up for a leisurely vacation on the Caribbean Island. The Houston Business Journal writes that according to the U.S. Department of Treasury's website, general tourism is not allowed. However, visits with a purpose such as official government business, authorized family travel, public performances, education, sports activities, etc. are permitted. According to the government website, "Travel related transactions for other purposes remain prohibited."