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The US Department of Transportation (DoT) has given FedEx the right to fly cargo to Cuba, making it the first all-cargo carrier to provide scheduled services to the country following the embargo imposed in 1960.

FedEx will begin to fly a once-a-day service from Monday to Friday between Miami, Florida, and Matanzas, Cuba, starting January 2017. The company filed its application in March this year.

The US’s embargo on Cuba has lasted over 50 years, and in February the US signed an agreement with the Cuban government to begin to re-establish scheduled air service between the two countries

The US is permitted to operate up to 10 round trips to non-Havana airports, and vice versa for Cuba. FedEx's service is in addition to six other US airlines that will be offering combined freight and passenger services.

The Airforwarders Association (AfA) had previously urged the DoT to consider cargo more seriously when accepting applications, rather than solely thinking of passenger airlines.

(Source: Air Cargo News)

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