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New flights begin today from LAX to Cuba

Angelenos with family in Cuba will have another option for travel today, when a Long Beach-based company kicks off nonstop flights from LAX to Havana.

The five-hour flight, which will run every Tuesday and can accommodate 150 people, takes off from L.A. at 11 a.m and is the only Cuban flight for Cuba Travel since July 2004, when the Bush administration tightened rules governing travel to Cuba, according to the company.

Since 1962, travel from the U.S. to Cuba has been banned, but Cuban Americans have been allowed to visit family under various policies. Obama repealed the 2004 travel restrictions in April. According to Cuba Travel, 1.5 million Cubans live in the United States. About 55,000 reside in Los Angeles County.

For details, see The Times' Daily Travel & Deal Blog.

-- Nicole Santa Cruz

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Wow, I'm glad people will have the choice to visit family members in Cuba if they wish to. Maybe, I can bust a Michael Moore and go to Cuba for free health care when I can't afford my health insurance anymore...

Cuba Travel Service does a great job. I flew on their flights up until they were cancelled in 2004. They do a wonderful job. This will make visiting Cuba so much eaier for everyone. Thanks also for posting this report.

Personally, I'm based in Los Angeles. So I'm even more grateful as it means travel to Cuba has become much easier. As the editor of an online news service about Cuba, I must say that every step which moves us toward normalization of relations with the island of Cuba is a good thing.

just go from tijuana, im not even cuban and it was well worth the trip. $650 and you can only use amex. go before we contaminate it with mc donalds, hiltons, and kfcs

How is it that Obama will allow 1.5 Cuban Americans to visit Cuba but American Americans cannot?

When does Obama plan to do away with this discrimination? I would love to visit Cuba.

I am the godfather of a Cuban and would like to know which airline you're refering to.

Thanks, Theo

It is time to open travel to Cuba to all Americans, not just Cubanos visiting home. The policy of isolation was a failure.

And, are there going to be return nonstop flights too? Or are we expecting that no one will want to leave Cuba?

The U.S. Supreme Court just ruled yesterday in Ricci vs. DeStefano, the New Haven firefighters case, that discrimination against anyone is against the Constitution. Why do "Cuban-Americans" get special privileges?? President Obama is too timid to stand up for all Americans and simply makes a few adjustments in Bush policies.

Once again, all of this story and commentators focus on american tourists and companies, not the cuban people and the fact that they have no free travel to and from their country of birth - a fundamental human right.

I've been. It's amazing in the sense it's like stepping back into time. Locked in a permanent 1959. I flew when Bush was president and they were sending Americans to prison for that. Obama won't do that so simply fly from Mexico or Canada and bring lots of cash because our atm and credit cards don't work there.

Once the Castro's leave it will be homogonized like everything else. Also...don't expect great food there....because Cuba is the only place you can't get good Cuban food...or any food for that matter....really. Not kidding on that one.

i'd like to go...

I'm finna go watch so much cuban baseball now

Totally agree with Kevin's earlier post. I'd LOVE to visit Cuba. It's unfortunate that our government has a higher regard for Cuban Americans than other American citizens. I pay my taxes. I obey the law. I have served my country. So much for freedom and equality for all. Another pathetic example of federal government hypocrisy.

funny you dont menation the airline
I wonder if there flghts are not regular flight but charter flights?

Trip to Cuba

It's all about Cuba, Netssa.com a unique site devoted to Cuba, it covers all Cuban popular destinations and attractions,

as well culture information and events included Cuban fashion. Offer plenty of historic info about Old Havana, also all Varadero attractions.

The site future extensive info about diving centers in Cuba.

Netssa.com present plenty of striking photos of Cuba.

So if you are planning to visit Cuba, or are just looking for info about Cuba you should check www.Netssa.com

Some right-wing extremist posted that Cubans aren't allowed to leave Cuba. That's propaganda. The fact is that Cuba is such a workers' paradise that nobody wants to leave except for a few crazy whiners. The Cuban standard of living is the highest in the world. The schools are free and so is health care. It's a lie that Cubans have to live on a couple of dollars a day. That's why travel to Cuba has been restricted, because they don't want Americans to see how good Cubans have it. If Americans could visit Cuba, they'd never go home. Cuba doesn't have room for all those immigrants. They're forced to bar the door against Americans. And Cuba is so wonderful because of Fidel Castro. That's why he keeps getting re-elected. Those stories about him jailing and shooting his political opponents are bunk! Don't listen to the capitalist lies!

Will there be flights from the East Coast to Cuba also???


I mean like Washington, DC or NY!!


I will be going to cuba in january.I have been to cuba seven times.We have great times there .But I am not looking forward to seeing Replucations in cuba.Please stay home Grant in canada

It is a good news for all.

New flights begin today from LAX to Cuba its a good news

Obama won't do that so simply fly from Mexico or Canada and bring lots of cash because our atm and credit cards don't work there.....


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