The people who have spent decades arranging flights between the United States and Cuba compare the history of their industry to a roller coaster. The half-dozen or so charter companies are subject to the politics of two countries, plus opposition that is at times explosive—literally.

Since President Obama announced the return of diplomatic relations with Cuba in December, and the easing of travel and trade restrictions in January, business at the charter companies has been on its way up. But those cashing in on the detente fear that once commercial airlines start regular service, charter profits will go into free fall.

The charter company names are well known in Cuban-American circles—Gulfstream, Marazul, ABC, Xael, Wilson, Cuba Travel Services and others. Most are based in Florida and fly from Miami or Tampa, though some hold headquarters in New Jersey and California. Multiple companies claim to have been the first in operation, and many of the founders have had hands in politics for decades...



Recent Articles

Date Title
2/28/15 U.S., Cuban officials pleased with 'cooperative' talks
Alan Gomez, USA Today
2/27/15 US, Cuba cite progress on restoring diplomatic ties
Bradley Klapper, AP
2/24/15 Cuban entrepreneurs can sell everything from shoes to soap in the United States
Mimi Whitefield, The Miami Herald
2/24/15 US supreme court sides with Cuba over cigar company standoff with US rival
AFP, Telegraph
2/24/15 McCaskill returns from Cuba, calls for end to trade embargo
St. Lous Business Journal
2/23/15 Head of Cuba's Ladies in White to submit leadership to vote
AP, Yahoo News
2/22/15 Canadian businessman released from jail in Cuba
AFP
2/21/15 Cuban, US telecom firms to tie up
NHK
2/20/15 Cuba: 5 Clear Signs Change Is Already Coming
Kevin Joyce, ABC
2/19/15 Americans' Opinion of Cuba Highest in Nearly 20 Years
Art Swift, Gallup
2/19/15 Cuba temporarily cuts price of Internet access
Andrea Rodriguez, AP
2/18/15 U.S. And Cuba Will Hold Second Round Of Normalization Talks In Washington
Eyder Peralta, NPR
2/18/15 Return visit to Communist Cuba finds new hope amid change
Anita Snow, AP
2/18/15 In Havana, a wicked, unexpected act
Fabiola Santiago, Miami Herald
2/17/15 Scientists Say Aggressive New HIV Strain Discovered in Cuba
Justin Worland, Time
2/17/15 In funding Cuba port project, Brazil set to gain key foothold
Tracy Wilkinson and Vincent Bevins, L.A. Times
2/16/15 Conan O'Brien takes show to Cuba
Lisa Respers France, CNN
2/13/15 Senators introduce bill to lift embargo, open trade with Cuba
Chris Adams, The Miami Herald
2/13/15 U.S. eases restrictions on imports from private Cubans
David Adams, Arshad Mohammed and Lesley Wroughton, Reuters
2/13/15 CRS Report of the Week: ‘Cuba Sanctions: Legislative Restrictions Limiting the Normalization of Relations’
Colby Itkowitz, Washington Post
2/13/15 As Cuba policy moves forward, chief critic Rubio faces stiff odds reversing it
Chris Adams, McClatchy
2/12/15 EU tip for U.S.-Cuba negotiators: patience is a virtue
Mimi Whitefield, The Miami Herald
2/12/15 JetBlue Adds Additional Cuba Charter Flight
Yahoo Finance
2/12/15 Lawmakers Push for Slavery to Be Element of Cuba, Malaysia Talks
Nicole Gaouette, Bloomberg
2/11/15 Netflix launches service in Cuba, but will anyone be watching?
Pablo Ximenez de Sandoval, AP
2/11/15 Miami mechanic is Mr Fix-it for Russian cars in Cuba
Reuters
2/10/15 Major Dissident Party in Cuba, UNPACU, Reveals Reasons to Support Obama's Initiatives
Jose Daniel Garcia Ferrer, UNPACU
2/9/15 In Cuba, likely Castro successor keeps a low profile
Tracy Wilkinson, The L.A. Times
2/9/15 If Canada wants to retain its advantaged position in Cuba, it has to move fast
Eric Miller, National Post
2/9/15 President Obama made the right call on Cuba
Editorial Board, NJ Star-Ledger
2/9/15 Banking issues must be ironed out as U.S., Cuba repair relations
Mimi Whitefield, The Miami Herald
2/6/15 End the Cuban travel ban
Editorial Board, NJ Star Ledger
2/6/15 New Cuba Policy Faces Attacks On Capitol Hill But Still Moving Ahead
Tim Padgett, WRLN
2/6/15 Mexican border now a major entry point for Cuban migrants
Sun Sentinel
2/5/15 Travel Insurance Already Available for Travel to Cuba, says Squaremouth
2/5/15 Current Record
2/5/15 Several congressional trips to Cuba in doubt as Cubans struggle with surge of US interest
Bradley Klapper, AP
2/5/15 Rubio on wrong side of Cuba policy changes
Editorial Board, Tampa Bay Times
2/4/15 US will back dissidents in Cuba; poll shows support for thaw
Bradley Klapper and Emily Swanson, AP
2/4/15 Lift the Cuba Travel Ban Already
Editorial Opinion, Bloomberg
2/3/15 Cuba Publishes First Photos Of Fidel Castro In 5 Months
AP