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    US Deputy Transportation Secretary to Take First Scheduled Flight to Cuba

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    US Deputy Secretary of Transportation will travel to Cuba with the first regular visit in more than half a century, the US Department of Transportation announced on Monday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US Deputy Secretary of Transportation Victor Mendez will travel to the Cuban capital of Havana on the first regular commercial flight from the United States in more than half a century, the US Department of Transportation announced on Monday.

    "Deputy Secretary Mendez will travel on the first scheduled commercial flight to Havana in over 50 years," the department said in a Twitter message.

    ​In August, US President Barack Obama announced the first regular commercial flights between the United States and Cuba in 55 years.

    The first charter commercial flight, operated by JetBlue, took place on August 31 between Fort Lauderdale, Florida and the Cuban city of Santa Clara.


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