Long waiting line in front of Cubana Airline’s headquarters in Havana – not to book a ticket but to get a refund for flight cancellations.
The Cuba state-owned airline Cubana suspended nearly all flights after its Boeing 737 plane crashed shortly after takeoff at Havana airport in May, killing 112 people. Only 4 planes are still flying, which try to cover the entire domestic routes.
The airline said to suspend flights due to “lack of working” planes, as it had been struggling to find replacement parts for its grounded aircraft or buy new airplanes. because it points finger at 56-year-old U.S. trade embargo.
The analyst say the airline also mismanaged and offers subsidized tickets to Cubans and provides services for the government.
Cubana is the Latin America’s first airline, founded in 1929 and was nationalized 1959 after Fidel Castro’s leftist revolution.
Scene from #airdisaster in Cuba: A Boeing 737 crashed shortly after takeoff from Havana's int'l airport today. Plane leased from Mexican company, operated by Cubana Airlines. At least 110 people on board. No word on casualties yet. More from me on @ABCWorldNews in 90 mins. @abc pic.twitter.com/JRO2FBKmre
— David Kerley (@David_Kerley) May 18, 2018