US airline fined for blockade violation

Campaign News | Monday, 30 June 2008

The biggest US private airline, Spirit

Airlines, has been fined $100,000 by the US federal government for violating Washington’s economic blockade of Cuba.

According to Granma news daily, a report by the US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) indicates the airline made payments to the Cuban

government for the use of its airspace without the necessary US license between September 2004 and March 2007.

Civil aviation regulations related to international flights establish this kind of payment but, in the case of US companies, they require a special license from the US Treasury Department due to the economic, financial and trade blockade imposed by Washington on Cuba for almost five decades.

Spirit is the second company in Florida fined this year for violating this blockade. The first was Bank Atlantic, in Fort Lauderdale, which

received a $7,500 fine last February.

Other companies recently fined include: United Radio, based in Florence, Kentucky, ($67,574); and Sonida International, in Forest Hills, New York ($2,400).

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