Cubana Again Commences Flights; Will U.S. Tour Operators/Travel Agents Embrace?

Johannesburg, South Africa-based Solenta Aviation ( will be wet-leasing one (1) 68-passenger ATR72-500 to Republic of Cuba government-operated Cubana de Aviacion for two weekly flights from Jose Marti International Airport (HAV) to Mariana Grajales Airport (GAO) in Guananamo, one weekly flight from HAV to Gustavo Rizo Airport (BCA) in Baracoa and one weekly flight from HAV to Ignacio Agramonte International Airport (CMW) in Camaguey. The flights commence on 28 October 2018.

Established in 2000, Solenta Aviation, which confirms a presence in eighteen (18) countries- nineteen (19) with the Republic of Cuba, shares that "... first class service is the primary focus of the people that make up Solenta Aviation. Our staff have a wealth of experience in the aviation field and are hand-picked for their excellent track records in the industry." The company manages ten (10) different types of aircraft, from single-engine propeller 9-passenger C208B Caravan to twin-jet engine aircraft 106-passenger EMB 190.

According to the company, clients include DHL, BP/Shell, Exxon, GE Energy, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and World Food Program (WFP).

Critical to the sustainability of the flights, and for Cubana de Aviacion to re-establish a robust domestic route network, will be an embrace by tour operators and travel agents to use the flights for internal transportation of their customers to locations throughout the Republic of Cuba.