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Air service to add another Tampa-Havana flight

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Published:   |   Updated: July 2, 2013 at 12:36 AM

TAMPA - Island Travel & Tours Ltd., a Tampa-based air service provider, will add its third weekly round-trip flight between Tampa International Airport and Havana beginning Sunday and continuing through Aug. 18, company President Bill Hauf said Monday.

The new flight will be Island Travel & Tours' second round-trip between Tampa and Havana on Sundays, alongside its Wednesday round-trip on 150-passenger Boeing 737-400s, Hauf said.

Miami-based ABC Charters flies a round-trip between Tampa and Havana on Saturdays and a round-trip between Tampa and the eastern Cuba city of Holguin on Tuesdays, the latter seasonal service between June and August, and December and January.

Island Travel & Tours' additional Sunday flight reflects both the evolution and strengthening of the Tampa International-Cuba scheduled air charter market and an indication that its own business is gaining strength, Hauf said.

"This is excellent both for Tampa and our company to accommodate Tampa residents to take flights to Cuba during the summer season when flights typically are sold out well in advance," he said.

In addition to the new Tampa flight, Hauf will inaugurate two flights a week between Miami International Airport and Havana beginning Sunday that create a rotation of aircraft to enhance Tampa scheduling, along with an additional revenue source.

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