Cuba becomes more of a possibility for American travelers

BY newsdesk  December 30, 2013 at 3:57 PM EDT

Photo by Flickr user S Kaiser
The first commercial in over 50 years to fly to Cuba from the U.S. took off from Key West Airport Monday. Photo by Flickr user S Kaiser

For the first time since 1960, a commercial passenger airplane flew from Key West, Florida to Havana, Cuba.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection gave Key West the go ahead to fly to the Caribbean island nation two years ago, but charter flight operators have run into problems receiving all of the necessary approvals from authorities in Cuba and the United States.

According to the director of Key West International Airport, customs officials signed off on the nine-passenger flight early Monday morning. No future commercial flights have been planned for now.

H/T Rachel Wellford