Report: Charter Flights from Tampa to Cuba Could Begin in September is reporting that Tampa flights between Tampa International Airport and Cuba could become a reality as earl as this September 10.

According to the report, the Cuban government has already approved landing rights for at least one Miami-based charter company. ABC Charters will start with a weekly flight utilizing American Airlines Boeing 737s with 145 seats and plans to expand service to Havana to twice-weekly in October, officials announced Wednesday.

Fares have not been set but they are likely to be equivalent to the $399 to $459 round- trip air fares between Miami and Havana, said Tessie Aral, president of ABC Charters.

The news comes on the heels of three tour operators’ recent announcements to start sending U.S. clients to the once-forbidden destination.

With help from the Center for Caribbean Religion and Culture, for the first time, Globus will present travelers a rare opportunity to experience the enduring faith, colorful history and lively culture of this captivating nation with its new itinerary for 2012: Cuba: A Spiritual, Historical and Cultural Journey.

Insight Cuba got the tour operator ball rolling when it announced in late June that it was reauthorized by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to send Americans to Cuba.

Abercrombie & Kent will be offering trips through the People to People program, which was implemented by President Clinton in 1999 and suspended by President Bush in 2004 before President Obama resurrected the program this January.


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