- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A Florida travel agency will soon be offering twice-weekly flights between Orlando and Cuba.

Island Travel and Tours says it will be begin nonstop service between Orlando and Havana on July 8. The charter flights will take place on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Island Travel and Tours president Bill Hauf says the aim of the flights are to provide more options to travelers wanting to visit Cuba, including local colleges, universities, religious groups, businesses and other organizations.

The travel agency also flies six times a week from Miami to Havana and provides packages including hotels, rent-a-cars and tour programs through the Cuban island.

All flights have received official government approval by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

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