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American Airlines is ready to start scheduled services between the US and Cuba following an easing of restrictions between the two countries.

The carrier operates up to 21 Cuba charter flights from Miami and Tampa in Florida to Havana, Holguin, Santa Clara, Camaguey and Cienfuegos.

But following the re-opening of the US Embassy in Havana and the Cuban Embassy in Washington the airline hopes to establish scheduled routes.

Chairman and chief executive?Doug Parker said: “The reopening of the United States and Cuban embassies in Havana and Washington is an important step toward building new commercial relationships and re-establishing scheduled air service between the U.S. and Cuba.

“American Airlines has operated charter flights to Cuba for nearly 25 years and we stand ready to begin scheduled service when it’s allowed.”

American runs up to 150 daily flights from the US to 31 destinations in the Caribbean.

Charter services to Cuba have been operating since 1991 with more than 1,000 due to