Nearly 40 years after the last Havana-bound commercial airline departed from Los Angeles International Airport, flights between LAX and Havana will resume in April, flight organizers said Thursday, moving U.S.-Cuban relations another small step forward.
Cuba Travel Services Inc. of Inglewood will charter the weekly $750 round-trip flights on TACA International Airlines, providing the first regular air service to Cuba from the West Coast since the United States clamped an embargo on the island nation in 1962.
Travel demand to Cuba has been high for years. More than 70,000 Cuban Americans live in California and an additional 30,000 live in neighboring states. West Coast travelers have been going to Cuba via Mexico or Miami, according to local travel agents.