TAMPA, Florida (AP) -- Tampa International Airport will soon be the fourth airport in the United States to run flights to Cuba.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection gave the airport its official approval on Monday. Three licensed charter operators have said they will provide service between Cuba and Tampa.
Only three other U.S. airports -- Miami, New York and Los Angeles -- were previously authorized to offer the flights.
Not everyone will have access to the flights. Under normal circumstances, U.S. citizens not from Cuba cannot legally travel to the island nation. But U.S. census information shows that the Tampa Bay area contains the second largest Cuban population in the nation, behind Miami-Dade County.
The Tampa airport officials expect the flights to begin by summer or early fall.
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