The US Department of Transportation revoked all restrictions on scheduled and charter flights to Cuba imposed by the Trump administration amidst other regulatory actions seeking re-engagement with the Havana regime.

The action was taken at the request of the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken.

"Consistent with Administration measures announced May 16 in support of the Cuban people, and in the foreign policy interests of the United States, I respectfully request the Department of Transportation terminate all civil aviation restrictions on flights between the United States and Cuba," Blinken wrote in a letter to the US DOT.

The order revokes all restrictions on flights to Cuba, namely:

The decision is effective immediately, which means that as of June 1, 2022, the US-Cuba market is once again governed by the 2016 agreement. However, as the two countries do not have an open skies agreement, each US airline willing to serve Cuba will have to apply for a permit covering a specific route.

The ch-aviation capacities module shows that the current US-Cuba scheduled network comprises the following routes to Havana:

The removal of restrictions affects only US airlines, as Cubana (CU, Havana International) is still subject to US sanctions.

The move is part of a wider détente which will also see US firms allowed to invest, albeit in a limited way, in Cuba (subject to the approval of the Cuban government), the end of restrictions on remittances, the facilitation of family reunifications by Cubans seeking permanent residence in the US, and liberalised access to US technology for Cuban firms. However, the US has not amended its travel rules, which restrict travel to Cuba to tour operator customers.