Tampa becomes a new port of entry for Cuban charter flights

Tampa International Airport (TPA) (Tampa) gets the green light to accept flights to and from Cuba.  Yesterday (March 7), TPA received its official approval from U.S. Customs and Border Protection to operate Cuba flights.

TPA becomes the next gateway to Cuba in the U.S. following Los Angeles (LAX), New York (JFK) and Miami(MIA).

Three licensed charter operators have formally indicated their intention to provide service to Cuba fromTampa which includes Air MarBrisa, Island Travel & Tours, Ltd., and ABC Charter.

The State of Florida, by U.S. Census statistics, has the largest Cuban-American population in the entire nation and the Tampa Bay service area is ranked second in the nation only to the Miami-Dade County service area.