Tampa Trips a Bust

Thursday, January 10, 2013
U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL) and other Tampa officials heralded trips to Cuba as a huge business coup.

She'd even launched a "Gateway to Cuba" project to market Tampa as a jump-off point for Cuba travel.

"And this is just the beginning," Castor said in a press release.

Well, after all of the fanfare and lobbying:

From The Tampa Tribune:

Carriers dropping Tampa-Cuba charter flights

Tampa International Airport is losing one of its three Cuba charter carriers and two of its five weekly flights to the island nation next month.

The changes, which come less than a year and a half after direct flights began from Tampa to Cuba, could eventually mean higher air fares for those flights.

XAEL Charters Inc. will discontinue its Tampa-Havana flight Feb. 14 and plans to relocate to Fort Lauderdale sometime this year. In addition, ABC Charters will end its flights from Tampa to Holguin, Cuba, on Feb. 28.