The Arlington Chamber of Commerce is pressing federal aviation regulators to allow United Airlines to start up service between Washington Dulles International Airport and Cuba.
“It is critical that Virginia and our nation’s capital obtain nonstop air service to Havana,” Chamber president Kate Roche said in a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
Roche pointed out that Virginia already is a leader in trade with the Caribbean nation, and that Gov. McAuliffe earlier this year led a trade mission there.
Nonstop service between the U.S. and Cuban capitals would “sustain and advance this progress,” Roche said.
As part of the normalization of relations that have been chilled for a half-century, the U.S. and Cuban governments will be expanding air service. United has applied to serve José Marti International Airport in Havana with once-a-week service from Dulles.