Houston Airport System eager to make flights to Cuba a reality

Mario Diaz, director of the Houston Airport System.

American businesses are salivating for the opportunity to do business in Cuba, and the Houston Airport System wants to get them there.

While it may be a while before any flights depart for Havana, it won’t be for a lack of effort. The Houston Airport System is in discussions with at least three carriers to fly to Cuba, Mario Diaz, director of the Houston Airport System, told the HBJ.

Diaz also said he expects both Houston Hobby Airport and George Bush Intercontinental Airport to have flights to Cuba.

Part of the legwork to make travel to Cuba a reality involves a trip to Havana, Diaz said. The plan is to fly to Cuba sometime this year and work with the local governments to help with airport development, security and making sure the airports are set for U.S. flights.

“We will be looking at these things to see if we can’t better position our airlines to Cuba,” Diaz told the HBJ.

There has already been some buzz around flights to Cuba. In January, Chicago-based United Airlines (NYSE: UAL), which has its largest hub in Houston at IAH, said it plans to serve the Cuban market, once the government signs off.

By Joe Martin, Houston Business Journal

May 4, 2015

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