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VOA: US, Cuba to Allow 110 Daily Flights

An Avior Airlines 737 prepares to take off at Miami International Airport on July 26, 2015. (Photo by Todd DeFeo)

The United States and Cuba signed a deal Tuesday that allows U.S. commercial airlines to make up to 110 daily flights to the communist island, the most significant new business link between the two countries since the end of their five-decade Cold War-era hostilities.

U.S. transportation chief Anthony Foxx and his Cuban counterpart, Adel Yzquierdo Rodriguez, agreed to the pact at a ceremony in Havana. It calls for 20 flights a day to the Cuban capital, in addition to the current 10 to 15 charter flights.

The remainder of the new flights, which could start later this year, would carry travelers to nine other Cuban cities, where there is far less demand than for flights to Havana.

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