Major US airlines cut back flights to Cuba

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Major US airlines cut back flights to Cuba

After only a few months of scheduled flights, two major American carriers have stopped flying to Havana, while several others are switching to smaller planes.

That’s despite the growing number of American visitors to Cuba.

CGTN’s Michael Voss reports.

Major US airlines cut back flights to Cuba

After only a few months of scheduled flights, two major American carriers have stopped flying to Havana, while several others are switching to smaller planes. That's despite the growing number of American visitors to Cuba.

When Cuba and the United States agreed to resume commercial flights, ten U.S. airlines rushed to get in on the act. Now two of the smaller companies, Frontier and Silver Airways, have decided to pull out, while others are cutting back. Yet according to official Cuban figures, 43,000 Americans visited the island in January, a 125 percent increase over the same month last year.

Industry experts said there is no indication that the U.S. tourist bubble has burst.

Cruise ships can now sail to Cuba from Miami and this year the number of liners docking here has risen dramatically.

Earlier this month Florida based Norwegian Cruise Lines became the latest to sail into Havana Bay. For decades, Havana was the forbidden city for Americans.

It’s good business for the private classic car owners, while bars, restaurants and gift shops near the docks are also doing well.