HOUSTON (FOX 26)
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Greater Houston Partnership will work together to lead a historic trade mission to Cuba in late September. The trip will take place in advance of nonstop commercial flights to Cuba from Bush Intercontinental Airport that will begin in late November.
"We must promote Houston as the preferred U.S. gateway for travel to Cuba," said Mayor Turner. "I also believe there are new opportunities to be explored under the more relaxed relationship with Cuba approved by the Obama Administration. We can't truly be an international city if we are not reaching out internationally."
United Airlines received final approval last week to begin service to Jose Marti International Airport in Havana from Bush Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey. The flight from Houston will depart every Saturday starting on November 29. Tickets are already available for sale for the once-a-week nonstop flights.
The trade mission will be the first under Mayor Turner's administration with several other missions already planned for 2016 and 2017.
Bush Intercontinental Airport provides departures to almost 200 nonstop destinations and serves almost 43 million passengers each year.