HAVANA, June 1 (UPI) -- Airline company Iberia on Monday resumed flights to Havana, Cuba, after more than two years since suspending the route.
The Spanish company suspended the route to Cuba and other routes in South America in 2013. Iberia believes the seemingly improving relations between the United States and Cuba will allow the company to generate revenue in the route.
There will be five direct flights arriving to Cuba via Iberia's Airbus A330 planes with about 12,000 available seats monthly.
South American is Iberia's primary market. The company has not profited since 2009. The only Spanish airline to have continued service with Cuba is Air Europa.
Improved relations between the United States and Cuba have led to businesses reaching out to the country, including the approval of ferry routes between Florida and Cuba.
The U.S. Department of State removed Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism on Friday. The move allows Cuba to conduct banking activities in the United States, but does nothing to change the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba, begun in 1960.