Private jet charter service touts Cuba flights

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A flower salesman pushes his cart down a street in Havana. While the Internet is essential for today's business, Cuba still has some of the worst Internet access in the world.

A private jet charter service called Victor said it will begin offering flights to Cuba in October.

Starting Oct. 5, London-based Victor said it will offer on-demand private jet charter flights to Havana from Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Los Angeles, Key West, Miami, New York City, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Oakland, Orlando, Palm Beach, Pittsburgh, Fort Myers, Tampa and Puerto Rico. Victor is partnering with Cuba Educational Travel to offer the tours.

In Atlanta, the flights would depart out of the private jet terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, according to Victor.

A woman walks in Old Havana on Sunday, June 28, 2015. (KATIE LESLIE / KLESLIE@AJC.COM)

A woman walks in Old Havana on Sunday, June 28, 2015. (KATIE LESLIE / KLESLIE@AJC.COM)

But it won’t be cheap: Prices for a group of eight people flying to Havana for four nights start at $40,000.

Restrictions on travel to Cuba have been loosened, with trips allowed under certain exemptions, including “people to people” educational exchange tours such as the ones Victor and Cuba Educational Travel will offer. The United States and Cuba over the summer reopened of the U.S. and Cuban embassies, which could eventually lead to renewed travel and commerce.

Read more about Cuba by AJC reporter Katie Leslie.

Cab drivers in Havana. (KATIE LESLIE / KLESLIE@AJC.COM)

Cab drivers in Havana. (KATIE LESLIE / KLESLIE@AJC.COM)

Victor has been expanding beyond the United Kingdom in the last year, and this year acquired a Santa Barbara-based private jet service called YoungJets.


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