CBS: Airlines Overestimated Americans Who Would Want to Travel to Cuba

By NTK Staff | 05.31.2017 @10:51am

Many in the tourist industry expected more Americans to travel to the communist enclave off the coast of Florida.

According to a CBS report, airlines and the travel industry overestimated the amount of Americans who would want to travel to the communist island nation of Cuba after President Obama ended decades-long travel restrictions.

Spirit, Frontier, and Silver airlines, three of the 10 approved carriers, have all ended flights from the United States to Cuba, according to the report. Other airlines were reducing the size of planes flying between the two countries due to empty American seats.

One American tourist told CBS’s Kris Van Cleave that she thought there would be more Americans on her flight from Miami to Havana.

Van Cleave asked a cab driver if he had expected more Americans to visit.

“Yeah, I would have expected,” the cab driver responded.

“The tourist infrastructure in Cuba is lacking. Cell phone service is spotty – so is WiFi, and most Americans can’t use their credit cards when they’re here,” Van Cleve said.

President Obama took steps to normalize relations with the communist nation in 2015, re-establishing diplomatic ties and relaxing travel restrictions to the island. Obama eventually traveled to Cuba himself, attending a baseball game and enjoying himself with Cuban dictator Raúl Castro.

President Trump is preparing to roll back Obama’s soft stance on the communist island, according to The Daily Caller.

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