Friday, July 22, 2016

Cuba vows tight airport security for US flights

Cuba vows tight airport security for US flights
AFP July 21, 2016

Havana (AFP) - Cuba said Thursday there is "nothing to fear" regarding
security as direct flights resume between the communist island and the
United States, part of their historic rapprochement.

With regular commercial flights set to resume in the coming weeks,
Cuba's aging airports are under scrutiny after more than half a century
of isolation from the United States during which only charter flights
were permitted.

"I can responsibly assure you that the level of security at our airport
installations complies with world standards, including the standards of
the United States. There is nothing to fear," said Cuba's head of civil
aviation security, Armando Garbalosa.

In an interview with Cuban news site Cubadebate, Garbalosa accused
Republican lawmakers in the United States of badmouthing Cuba's aviation
security. He said that US officials had been inspecting Cuban airports
for 15 years.

Washington and Havana agreed in February to restore direct commercial
flights, one of the watershed changes initiated in December 2014 when
Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro announced a thaw after more than
50 years of Cold War hostility.

Commercial flights between the two countries were suspended 53 years
ago, though charter service has been allowed since the 1970s.

At least eight US airlines have been authorized to operate US-Cuban
routes, with the first flights expected in September.

The United States still maintains the economic and financial embargo it
has imposed on Cuba since 1962.

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