Alaska Airlines to halt flights to Cuba

Alaska Airlines discontinues flights to Havana

Turns out, travel to Cuba isn't the bomb after all.

Alaska Airlines has announced it will end its daily flight between Los Angeles and Havana, Cuba, because it anticipates a lack of demand following President Donald Trump's recent proposal to heavily restrict the "People-to-People" outreach program in Cuba. Rules by the Trump Administration are, in part, to blame.

Alaska Airlines is the latest carrier to cancel flights to Cuba, blaming changes to U.S. policy for the decision.

On Nov. 8, the Trump administration enacted a US policy toward Cuba making travel more complicated, the Associated Press reported.

About 80 percent of Alaska's flyers to Havana visited under a US allowance for individual "people-to-people" educational travel. "We continually evaluate every route we fly to ensure we have the right number of seats to match the number of people who want to go there".

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The U.S. Department of the Treasury last week announced a handful of restrictions and sanctions that prohibit Cuba visits that were previously allowed under the "people-to-people" provision, and make many hotels and other establishments off limits to U.S. visitors. Silver Airways and Frontier Airlines both dropped all of their flights to the nation only six months after commencing operations, while Spirit Airlines ended its service on May 31. Alaska was the first carrier to connect the West Coast and Havana with commercial service beginning on January 5, 2017.

When the route launched, the first flight saw over 50 political, business, and cultural leaders from California and Washington state onboard.

Last week, Trump announced a plan to restrict the outreach program from allowing non-sponsored groups to visit Cuba for the goal of culture and education.

Now, with USA diplomats to Cuba experiencing mysterious ailments and symptoms that some say are the result of being bombarded with sound waves while in their hotels, the Trump Administration has made the regulatory changes.

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