Tampa International Airport is pleased to announce the addition of Santa Clara as its latest destination in Cuba, adding to a growing list of expanding international markets for TPA. The nonstop service begins Dec. 4 on ABC Charters and makes Tampa International the only U.S. airport besides Miami to have a direct link to three Cuban cities.
ABC Charters, which already serves Holguin and Havana in cooperation with American Airlines, will also add an additional weekly flight to Havana on Nov. 5. The ABC Charters flights to Santa Clara and the new service to Havana are via JetBlue.
Tampa International Airport currently serves Cuba nonstop three to five times a week depending on the season and demand. More than 85,000 passengers have taken advantage of the flights since TPA launched Cuba service in September 2011.
Santa Clara’s central location complements TPA’s flights to Havana in the West and Holguin in the East, and will provide convenient access to Cuba’s coastal communities in Cienfuegos and Trinidad. Santa Clara played an important role in Cuba as the site of the final battle of the Cuban Revolution in 1958. It is also the final resting place of the remains of notable revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara, and it is known for its historic parks and proximity to beautiful beaches and blue waters.
“Adding this third location speaks to the Tampa Bay area’s demand for more flights to Cuba,” said Tampa International Airport CEO Joe Lopano. “The Tampa Bay region has the third largest Cuban-American population in the United States, with historic ties to the island nation dating back to the days before Jose Marti. This airport is continuing to expand its international presence.”
To book a flight to Cuba, visit ABC Charters’ website at www.abc-charters.com.