The date of the resumption of regular flights between Russia and Cuba has become known. At the same time, the Cuban side hopes that, due to the favorable epidemiological situation at the country's resorts, charter flights from Russia will start faster than regular ones.
According to the representatives of the Cuban Embassy in the Russian Federation, Russia and Cuba have agreed on the date of restarting regular flights. The flights will start on September 17. Aeroflot's flights to Havana have already appeared in the carrier's schedule, ticket reservations are open. Tariffs start from 347 Euros one way.
At the same time, the Cuban side has once again officially confirmed that Cuba is open to Russian tourists.
At the current stage, Cuba invites Russian guests to the resorts of the northern islands, which are well known in Russia: Cayo Coco, Cayo Guillermo and Cayo Santa Maria. There have been no cases of COVID-19 infection.
In the past season, these island resorts were served by tour operators Pegas Touristik and Tui Russia. According to the Cuban Embassy, the country's aviation authorities will promptly provide flight permits for Russian air carriers.
Moreover, Cuba is ready to open the popular Varadero resort for Russian tourists. In the past winter season, charters of tour operators Coral Travel, Anex Tour and Pegas Touristik flew to Varadero.
“If Russian tour operators are ready to launch charters to Varadero, the hotels of this popular resort (where the epidemiological situation is favorable) will again open up for Russians. Hoteliers need to know the returning times of the Russian market in order to prepare accordingly. It all depends on the permission of the Russian authorities,” says the Cuban diplomat.
Cuban diplomats are doing everything possible to provide all the necessary information to the Russian authorities and convince them in the safety of the Cuban resorts.
In 2019, Cuba hosted a record number of Russian tourists. Almost 178 thousand citizens of the Russian Federation have visited Cuba (+ 30% by 2018).
Yury Mishchenko, graduated from Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, has more than 15 years experience in tourism and travel. Working both in tour operator company as destination manager, and in travel agency as sales manager, he is focused on analysis of Russian tour operators’ daily routine. Recently, Yury works in Baginet Marketing and Sales Agency.