On August 31 JetBlue flight 387 from Fort Lauderdale landed in Santa Clara, Cuba, marking the resumption of commercial flights between the United States and Cuba for the first time in over 50 years. Ever since diplomatic relations were restored with the island nation in December 2014, U.S. and Cuban authorities have been working toward increasing integration including, in the agriculture sector, the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the USDA and the Cuban Ministry of Agriculture in May 2016.
Soon, up to 110 daily flights will be available between the United States and Cuba. The U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC), of which NAEGA is a member, has been a strong supporter of increased economic ties between the U.S. and Cuba, including the authorization of commercial flights.
For more information on the first flights, please click here. More information on NAEGA participation in the USACC can be found on the “Members Only” section of the NAEGA website or by contacting Gary or Ryan.