American low-cost airline JetBlue Airways made history this week, as its service to Santa Clara was the first commercial U.S. flight to land in Cuba after more than 50 years. The 72-minute trip took off from Fort Lauderdale at around 9:45 a.m. and touched down at Abel Santamaria Airport, carrying an approximate total of 150 passengers. “Today’s actions are the result of months of work by airlines, cities, the U.S. government, and many others toward delivering on President Obama’s promise to reengage with Cuba,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, who was among the passengers on board JetBlue Flight 387. “Transportation has a unique role in this historic initiative and we look forward to the benefits these new services will provide to those eligible for Cuba travel.” A Cuban-themed feast was reportedly held at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport as a send-off celebration, which involved a festive cigar box-shaped cake and traditional culinary delights such as Cuban sandwiches, pastelitos, and croquettes. JetBlue’s commercial services to Cuba currently include thrice-weekly flights between Fort Lauderdale and Santa Clara, with more routes being added in the coming months.
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