WASHINGTON, Jan. 10 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The United States has announced this Friday the suspension "until further notice" of all flights leaving the country to Cuba, except those that go to Havana, within the framework of the sanctions against the Caribbean island for internal repression and its " inadmissible "support for the Government of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela.
"Today, at my request, the Department of Transportation has suspended until further notice all public charter flights between the United States and Cuban destinations other than the José Martí International Airport in Havana," said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a statement.RELATED
Pompeo has explained that the operators of these flights will have a transition period of 60 days to suspend these routes. In total, it has coded in nine Cuban airports affected by the measure.
In addition, he has advanced that, also at his request, "the Department of Transportation will impose an appropriate limit on the number of public charter flights allowed to the José Martí International Airport".
"These actions will prevent the Cuban regime from benefiting from an expanded 'charter' service in the framework of the suspension of commercial flights to all Cuban airports other than Havana's" which was issued on October 25, has explained.
Pompeo has indicated that the new restrictions will affect "the ability of the Cuban regime to obtain income, which it uses to finance the current repression against the Cuban people and for its inadmissible support for the dictator Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela."
The Donald Trump Administration has issued numerous sanctions against Cuba since, upon its arrival at the White House, it broke the historic dialogue initiated with the Caribbean island by its immediate predecessor, Barack Obama. In recent times, he has reinforced them to punish Havana for its support of Caracas.