County Executive Steve Schuh, along with other county officials, will lead the inaugural charter flight from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport to Havana, Cuba on Wednesday, September 30th.
“Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport is rapidly becoming the gateway to the world,” said Schuh. “This trip will highlight one of our county’s largest employer’s growing international influence and allow us to begin to build a relationship with an emerging economic market in the Caribbean. I look forward to the exciting possibilities this new charter route will bring to Anne Arundel County and its business community.”
Schuh will be joined during the three day trip by economic development and trade officials including Robert Hannon, Chief Executive Officer of the Anne Arundel County Economic Development Corporation, Alan Friedman, a member of the Executive Committee of the Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Conference and Visitors Bureau, and Lou Zagarino, from the Board of Directors for the BWI Business Partnership.
While in Cuba, the County Executive and his delegation are scheduled to meet with Ambassador Jeffery DeLaurentis and officials at the U.S. Embassy in Havana for briefings on current US/Cuban relations and new economic opportunities now available.
“The opening of a direct flight from BWI to Havana is a key advantage that businesses in our metropolitan area will have in accessing Cuban markets,” Schuh noted.
The chartered flights between Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Havana, Cuba, are scheduled weekly beginning September 30th. Florida-based Island Travel & Tours and its airline partner, Swift Air, provide the service.
BWI in 2011 received approval from U.S. Customs and Border Protection to offer service to Cuba. The airport is among just nineteen facilities in the United States that have approval to offer flights to Cuba.
The County Executive will return on Saturday October 3rd.