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Cuba: Havana airport reopens ahead of tourism high season

HAVANA (Reuters) – Havana airport will open to regular commercial flights on Sunday after being closed for seven and a half months due to the coronavirus pandemic, Cuban state-run media said late on Tuesday citing Cuba’s Institute of Civil Aeronautics.

The move comes on time for what is traditionally the Caribbean island nation’s high tourist season from November to March although the pandemic is expected to reduce the flow of visitors.

The tourism sector is one of the top hard currency income earners in cash-strapped Cuba which already opened most of the country last month to travelers.

Plunged into crisis and scarcity by tough U.S. sanctions and the COVID-19 outbreak, the import-dependent country is struggling towards a “new normal”.

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