American Airlines issues statement on planned U.S.-Cuba service arrangement

American Airlines

American Airlines has issued a statement regarding the United States and Cuba finalizing a bilateral air service arrangement.

“American Airlines commends the U.S. government for its commitment to re-establishing cultural and economic ties between the U.S. and Cuba, and for laying the groundwork to restore scheduled air service between the two countries for the first time in more than 50 years,” said chairman and CEO Doug Parker, commenting in a news release.

The chief executive of the Fort Worth-based carrier thanked U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, Secretary of State John Kerry and their teams for finalizing the arrangement.

“American looks forward to submitting a Cuba service proposal to the Department of Transportation in the coming weeks,” Parker said.

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American’s Latin America gateway hub at Miami International Airport is planned to be included in the company’s application for scheduled service to Cuba. American also is considering applying to serve Cuba from other hubs, the company said.