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José Martí International Airport

Exterior view of Terminal 3
Airport information
IATAHAV
ICAOMUHA
Airport typePublic
OperatorECASA S.A.
ServesHavana, Cuba
LocationBoyeros Municipality
HubCubana de Aviación
Aero Caribbean
Aerogaviota
Elevation64 m

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José Martí International Airport , sometimes known by its former name Rancho-Boyeros Airport, is located 15 km (9.3 mi) southwest of Havana, Cuba, and is a hub for Cubana de Aviación, Aerogaviota and Aero Caribbean, and former Latin American hub for Aeroflot Soviet Airlines. It is Cuba's main international and domestic gateway, it serves several million passengers each year, 80 percent of Cuba's international passengers along with Varadero's Juan Gualberto Gómez Airport.

The airport lies in the municipality of Boyeros and connects Havana with the rest of the Caribbean, North, Central and South America, Europe and one destination in Africa. It is named in memory of patriot and poet José Martí.

In the 1960s the airport was bombarded by B-26 aircraft from Brigade 2506, a CIA-sponsored group of Cuban exiles, and with the deterioration of relations with the United States and the United States embargo against Cuba, airlines from the United States are not permitted to operate regular scheduled flights to the airport. In the 1990s charter flights began operating from Miami and New York City for U.S. residents with special permission from the U.S. government.

There are currently four passenger terminals in use at the airport plus a freight terminal. Terminal 1 is used primarily for domestic flights. Terminal 2 opened in 1988 primarily for charter flights to the United States. Ten years later on April 27, 1998, the International Terminal 3 was opened by Canada's then Prime Minister, Jean Chrétien, and Cuban ex-president, Fidel Castro. International Terminal 3 offers many modern facilities and jetways that the former international terminal 1 did not provide. Terminal 5 is operated by Aerocaribbean.

Today, Copa Airlines is the foreign airline with most flights to the airport, it operates 33 flights a week (roughly 5 daily flights) from Panama City, Panama.

The airport is operated by Empresa Cubana de Aeropuertos y Servicios Aeronáuticos (ECASA).


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