- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 27, 2015

American Airlines is thrilled with President Obama’s decision to normalize relations with communist Cuba. The carrier hopes diplomacy between the two nations will soon lead to regular tourism flights out of Miami.

“We don’t have anything to announce today,” the airline’s president, Scott Kirby, said Tuesday. “But we will be anxious to start serving Cuba as soon as it’s legally allowed,” The Associated Press reported.

Other airlines that may seek to begin commercial flights to Cuba include Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and JetBlue Airways, AP reported.

Prior to Mr. Obama’s decision, the U.S. had not have diplomatic relations with Cuba since 1961. New travel rules have done away with a license requirement, but reasons for travel must fall under one of 12 different categories.

“Tourism” is not yet a category, AP reported.

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