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US, Cuba agree to restore regular commercial flights

Published:Friday | December 18, 2015 | 1:22 PM

The United States and Cuba have agreed to restore regular commercial flights, in a move that could pave the way for thousands of visitors to the Spanish speaking Caribbean nation on a daily basis.

The deal was announced yesterday, exactly one year after President Barack Obama and President Raul Castro announced to ease the strained relations between both countries.

While US law still bars travel to Cuba for tourists, the deal is expected to increase authorised travel between both nations.

It is not known when the first Cuba-bound flights will take off.

In a statement yesterday, US President Barak Obama, touted the steps the US has taken to normalise relations with Cuba in the past year and called on Congress to lift its embargo.