The U.S. government is seeking an agreement with Cuba to allow air link between the two countries through regular flights late this year, The Wall Street Journal reported.
According to the newspaper, President Barack Obama is working so passengers can use regular commercial flights between the countries before ending the year, without the resulting current obstacles of the economic, financial and commercial blockade imposed by Washington on the island more than 50 years ago, U.S. officials said.
If this goal is achieved, this will be the greater economic and tourism expansion between the two nations since the 50s, when the Americans were even allowed to travel freely to Cuba, the daily states.
Washington and Havana are working on an agreement that would expand air links beyond the link JetBlue airways now offers with direct flights from New York to Havana and from Florida.
According to experts quoted by media, this step could be accompanied by a total lifting of the travel ban on U.S. citizens to Cuban territory, the only one in the world that is not allowed.
In the U.S. Senate, a bill circulates to remove travel restrictions on Americans, and a more ambitious measure to end the blockade.
The Americans can visit the island under a dozen authorized categories, including cultural, educational and religious reasons.