Atlanta secures approval for Cuba charter flights

AP News
Posted: Mar 08, 2011 1:21 PM
Atlanta secures approval for Cuba charter flights

The world's busiest airport says it has received federal approval for charter flights to Cuba.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport disclosed Tuesday that it has been approved by federal regulators as one of several gateways to Cuba. The move allows charter flights for passengers with close relatives in Cuba and others involved in medical, agricultural, education or religious activities involving the Caribbean island nation.

Other airports that already have the authority include Los Angeles, New York and Miami.

Airport general manager Louis Miller says the move will allow tens of thousands of Cuban-Americans to easily reunite with their friends and families.

Delta Air Lines says it is already licensed to operate charter flights to Cuba and expects to begin those nonstop flights from Atlanta to Cuba later this year.