The U.S. State Department says a landmark aviation deal with Cuba allows 30 regularly scheduled flights a day, an increase that would more than double air travel between the two countries.

Thomas Engle is the deputy assistant secretary for transportation affairs and he tells The Associated Press that the deal struck by the two countries Wednesday allows 20 flight a day to Havana and 10 to other cities. The commercial flights would be in addition to charter flights that are currently the only way to fly between the U.S. and Cuba. He says there are 10 to 15 charters daily to Havana, and a few to other cities.

He says the deal doesn't foresee flights to the U.S. by Cuban's national airline.


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