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Cuba: First ever direct flight from China to Cuba touches down in Havana01:32

Cuba: First ever direct flight from China to Cuba touches down in Havana

Cuba, Havana
December 28, 2015 at 19:49 GMT +00:00 · Published

The first ever direct flight between China and Cuba landed in Havana on Monday morning. Chinese tourists and returning Cuban travelers were treated, upon arrival, to complimentary drinks and greeted by a band playing traditional Cuban music.

Chinese tourist Yong Xing Sun said the new route is "very important for tourists" as it saves "about 15 hours" off their traveling time.

Fellow arrival Cuban Oscar Hernandez Heredia talked up Beijing, saying the people there "were very nice to Cubans" and interested to know about the country.

An Air China Boeing 777, carrying approximately 400 passengers, will fly three times a week, between Havana and Beijing, with a stopover in Montreal, Canada. The opening of the new route is expected to greatly increase Chinese tourism to the Caribbean, as Chinese citizens do not require visa for many of the Caribbean countries.

Cuba: First ever direct flight from China to Cuba touches down in Havana01:32
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The first ever direct flight between China and Cuba landed in Havana on Monday morning. Chinese tourists and returning Cuban travelers were treated, upon arrival, to complimentary drinks and greeted by a band playing traditional Cuban music.

Chinese tourist Yong Xing Sun said the new route is "very important for tourists" as it saves "about 15 hours" off their traveling time.

Fellow arrival Cuban Oscar Hernandez Heredia talked up Beijing, saying the people there "were very nice to Cubans" and interested to know about the country.

An Air China Boeing 777, carrying approximately 400 passengers, will fly three times a week, between Havana and Beijing, with a stopover in Montreal, Canada. The opening of the new route is expected to greatly increase Chinese tourism to the Caribbean, as Chinese citizens do not require visa for many of the Caribbean countries.

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