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FedEx gives up plans to start Cuba air-freight service from US


Memphis, Tennessee-based multinational courier delivery services company, FedEx, has abandoned a plan to begin cargo flights to Cuba, as an opening between the US and the communist country has foundered.
FedEx said in a statement that it "will not be filing for an extension of the start-up date for US-Cuba cargo air service between Miami and Varadero." The company is abandoning its right to fly five weekly frequencies and evaluating "alternative all-cargo service options to Cuba," according to a letter to the US Department of Transportation.
FedEx's withdrawal ends more than two years of effort to start service to Cuba, which began as former President Barack Obama sought to normalise ties with the island. Relations have chilled under President Donald Trump, whose administration enacted new restrictions in 2017 on Americans travelling to Cuba and on the ability to do business with a list of government-controlled businesses, reports Bloomberg.
The company won US approval for cargo flights to Cuba in 2016. The following year, FedEx cited a series of obstacles to starting the service, including finding local partners and securing airport ground services.

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