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In air travel, yesterday was one for the history books.

The first regularly scheduled commercial passenger flight between the United States and Cuba in more than 50 years left Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday morning and landed in the central Cuban city of Santa Clara a little after 11 a.m. 

JetBlue flight 387 marked the beginning of a new era in Caribbean travel, following decades of a travel ban inaugurated by the American embargo on the Communist-led country signed by President John F. Kennedy. 

In recent months, however, as part of an ongoing thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations, the Department of Transportation has approved flights from 10 airlines between the two countries. By early next year, those carriers are expected to be running a combined 20 flights daily to Havana from the U.S.

After JetBlue's pioneering flight, the next up is Silver Airways, which will start offering service from Fort Lauderdale to Santa Clara today.



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