Airline Service to Cuba Should Help Agriculture

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The U.S. Transportation Department recently approved travel to nine cities in Cuba and that should help agriculture. The Hagstrom Report says the move makes it easier for ag producers who want to sell to Cuba to travel there as many of the destination cities are important to agriculture. Flights could begin by early this fall. Havana isn’t one of the cities approved because airlines have requested 60 flights per day there, so the Transportation Department will have to select from among different proposals. A decision on the Havana routes could come late this summer. The DOT approved six carriers to fly to Cuba from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Minneapolis/St. Paul. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx signed a non-legally binding agreement in February to re-establish scheduled air service between the two countries.