BWI Becomes Gateway to Cuba

Airport authorized for charter services

By Kelvin Robinson
|  Tuesday, Mar 8, 2011  |  Updated 3:01 PM EDT
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BWI Becomes Gateway to Cuba

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Some people from the Washington region may finally get a chance to find out just how hot those Havana nights can really get.

BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport is now an authorized gateway to and from Cuba.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection approved the airport’s application for charter service Tuesday. BWI Marshall will join a select list of airports that until recently only included New York, Miami and Los Angeles.

“The authorization can produce expanded access to Cuba for Maryland and the entire National Capital region,” said Paul Wiedefeld, airport executive director, in a statement. “This service has the potential to benefit many institutions and organizations throughout our region.”

In January, the President Barack Obama's administration expanded travel between the U.S. and Cuba to include religious, academic, journalist and cultural travel.

There will be several additional regulatory and procedural steps before BWI Marshall can actually start offering service to Cuba.

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