A group of 11 Democrat senators in the United States, led by presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar, has urged the Trump administration to reverse new restrictions that ban commercial flights from the US to all Cuban destinations other than Havana Int'l.

In a letter addressed to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Klobuchar and her colleagues argued that the measure would cut by half the number of Americans visiting Cuba.

“This decision – which will result in the suspension of commercial air travel to nine Cuban cities – is yet another step backwards for the people of Cuba and the United States,” the letter said. “This decision – which follows previous measures to limit educational and cultural travel to Cuba – will hurt Cuban-American families and stifle business opportunities and people-to-people contacts.”

The Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a notice on October 25 suspending authority given to US airlines under the previous administration of Barack Obama to fly between the United States and any point in Cuba except Havana's José Martí International Airport. Pompeo has said that the suspension, which will take effect on December 9, is designed to send a message to the Cuban government over alleged human rights abuses there and over Cuba’s support for Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro.

Currently, both American Airlines (AA, Dallas/Fort Worth) and jetBlue Airways (B6, New York JFK) serve Camagüey, Holguin, and Santa Clara de Cuba, while American also flies to Santiago de Cuba and Varadero, according to the ch-aviation capacities module. The two carriers also operate to Havana, as do Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines.