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Travel companies brace for Trump’s Cuba policy announcement

By dailymail / Published on Friday, 16 Jun 2017 13:20 PM / No Comments

Marriott International, which already has one hotel open in Cuba and another in the works, urged the Trump administration to rethink its plan.

“We are at an important moment in the relationship between the United States and Cuba,” Marriott said in a statement. “Travel between our two countries continues to increase and strengthen an evolving bilateral relationship. It would be exceedingly disappointing to see the progress that has been made in the last two years halted and reversed by the Administration.”

Airline companies were less forthcoming ahead of the announcement.

Doug McGraw, a spokesman for JetBlue, said the company will review the policy once it is available and plans to operate within the government’s policy. JetBlue flies from New York, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale to Havana, and from Fort Lauderdale to Santa Clara, Camagüey and Holguín, according to its website.

Southwest declined to comment on the new Cuba policy, simply saying in a statement it will “continue to seek opportunities to offer unique value and hospitality.” The airline currently flies to Havana from Tampa and Fort Lauderdale and has a pending application to the United States Department of Transportation for another flight from Florida.

Delta Air Lines declined to comment before Trump’s remarks. It offers three daily services from New York, Miami and Atlanta to Havana.

United Airlines also declined to comment, but said it will release something “immediately after an announcement.” The company offers flights to Havana from nine airports in eight cities, including Boston, New York, Chicago and San Francisco, according to its website.

— CNBC’s Susan Li contributed to this report.

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