Air China to begin operations in Cuba in May

The flag carrier airline Air China will start operations in Cuba in May, as announced by the President of the Cuban Aviation Corporation (CACSA), Joel Beltrán Archer Santos, following a meeting with Chinese executives who participated in the International Transport and Logistics Fair held in Havana from April 3 to 5.

According to CACSA social media, Cuban sector executives reached important agreements with the delegation from the Asian country.

Experts have estimated that Chinese tourism could be one of the main markets to achieve a sector recovery in Cuba. China is one of the largest emitters of tourists in the world, and international travel by its citizens has begun to recover.

At the end of 2019, China, with some 45,000 arrivals to the Cuban archipelago, ranked 13th among source countries, according to official statistics.

In March 2023, representatives of Havanatur S.A. and Chinese tour operator Tumei International Travel signed a memorandum of understanding to promote the arrival of Chinese tourists to Cuba, where they enjoy a reliable and safe destination, according to the Chinese side.

During the signing ceremony at the Meliá Cohíba Hotel, Rodrigo Wen, deputy general manager of the agency specializing in tourism in Latin America and the Caribbean, said that Cuba is a priority destination and a preference of the firm’s customers.