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Jess McHugh
November 28, 2016

For the first time in more than fifty years, a U.S. commercial flight landed in Havana, Cuba, on Monday, the Associated Press reported.

The scheduled flight took off from the Miami International Airport just days after the death of former leader and Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro. Cubans and Cuban-Americans both celebrated and mourned his death at age 90 throughout the weekend and into Monday.

American Airlines operated the flight that will be part of four daily trips to Cuba from Miami, according to the same report.

“I had the privilege of joining the passengers and crew on that flight this morning as it left Miami and made the one hour journey across the Florida Strait, marking another important milestone in our ongoing efforts to reengage with Cuba,” Deputy Secretary of Transportation Victor Mendez said in a statement.

While airlines flew commercial planes to other cities in Cuba earlier this year, Monday’s flight was the first U.S. commercial flight to land in the capital.

These commercial flights have been part of a thawing of U.S.-Cuba relations championed by President Barack Obama.

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