The inaugural flight of Spanish airline World2Fly arrived in Havana, Cuba, Wednesday (22/9), as tourist attractions resumed their business there after authorities announced they were loosening regulations related to COVID-19.
Fifty passengers flew from Madrid to Havana, including Spanish billionaire and airline owner Miguel Fluxà Rossello, who did the ribbon cutting at the airport upon arrival.
“This country will be open to the world and will be like before. We bet so because we want Cuba to operate again, we want the economy to improve. We believe tourism will improve the economy of this country,” Rosselló said.
Passengers arriving in Havana on the inaugural flight underwent temperature checks, and free PCR tests were given before leaving the airport.
World2Fly, which started operations in the midst of the pandemic earlier this year, focuses on the market for Spaniards traveling to the Caribbean, in Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Cancun.
Cuba was able to keep the pandemic relatively under control in 2020 partly by closing its borders and implementing relatively strict isolation measures, but the most recent cases reported suggest the presence of a widespread Delta variant.
Cuba’s health care authorities have stated that by next November, 90 percent of the Cuban population will have been vaccinated with a domestically produced antigen: a mixture of the two Soberana vaccines or with the Abdala vaccine. [uh/lt]