LINTHICUM, Md. (WJZ) — A major door between the United States and Cuba is opening, and it’s happening right in Maryland.  Flights from America to Cuba are now allowed to leave out of BWI Marshall.

Kai Jackson explains why the Obama administration is making the move.

These are incremental steps by the administration to pave a road for better relations with Cuba, but some Cubans in America disagree.

It’s news some Marylanders have waited to hear: charter flights will be allowed between BWI and Cuba.

“This would be an important benefit for BWI Marshall, as this region has [many people] who would be interested in travel to Cuba,” said Jonathan Dean, BWI Marshall Airport spokesperson.

Travel must meet requirements, including having family in Cuba, educational, religious or journalistic reasons.

In 1999, the Orioles traveled to Cuba to play their national team.  That trip was heavily criticized and some Marylanders from Cuba are criticizing this plan.

“Those flights will not benefit our people.  It will benefit the Cuban government,” said Marta Quintana.

Baltimore is one of eight new cities that will have flights to Cuba.  It’s part of the Obama administration’s efforts to reach out to the Cuban people.

Observers say Fidel Castro’s revolution that overthrew a corrupt government during the 1960s became a product of the same corruption.  His brother Raul now runs the country.

Many Cuban exiles in America don’t view the flights through rose-colored glasses.

“I think it is giving Castro the recognition that he wants,” said Olivia Goldsborough.

Comments (16)
  1. J says:

    Cuba is a communist country and this is another step by obama to turn America from a Democratic nation into a socialist regime. Americans, and yes this includes politicians, need to wake up and not let the current adminstration continue to destroy this nation.

    1. Atim Ant says:

      Um… But isn’t he fighting for Democracy in other countries too? What makes you think he is socialist? Has he come right out and said, “I want to turn this nation into a socialist regime”? If not, shut up.

  2. PAUL E. MICELLI says:


    1. pigeon says:

      To answer your questions:
      In Cuba
      Damn straight

  3. Paul says:

    J and Paul you guys are ignorant. We have normalized relations with Vietnam so that corporate America can exploit the cheap labor there. Isnt Vietnam where over 50,000 American soldiers lost their lives. How many soldier’s died in Cuba? We have supported brutal dictators the world over. We also have normal relations with China who Bush II made our pimp via the financing of the wars during his term. Wake up and understand the facts and stop looking at everything through your racist prism.

  4. tylerjake says:

    President Obama: don’t count on Florida’s electoral votes next time!

  5. baltobikeboi says:

    thank you Paul for the sanity break, Tylerjake – this DOESN’T go well with all the deluded Cuba-expats that believe U.S. is the best most fantastic nation on earth (they’re mostly republicans, seriously). But to the writer/editor: Flights are leaving UNITED STATES for Cuba – not “America” you moron – America is a continent, not a country. Back to J and Paul – look it’s 2011 dimwits the U.S. remains the only country to embargo Cuba (yet it happily trades and has google oppressing the internet in China now doesn’t it) You can’t have your argument both ways. You jackwads that want to live in “FORTRESS AMERICA” make me sick. Get a clue, some education, and a little less insular racism for breakfast while you’re at it.

    1. tylerjake says:

      Thanks baltoboy, but if you haven’t lived in South Florida (as I have), you shouldn’t refer to an electorate you know nothing about. If you don’t win the Cuban vote, you don’t win Florida! Most Cubans believe in the policy of isolation. Therefore to describe all Cuba-expats as “deluded”, is not only ignorant but shows you’ve never traveled anywhere other than your own backyard!

  6. AT says:

    Uh… Cuba is a Socialist state, not Communist. Get it right WJZ. There’s no communist states left in the world, they are all socialist, by definition.

    1. pigeon says:

      Read the definition for Socialist and for Communist and then tell me they are socialist states – when hell freezes over are they socialist. You can, if you keep your head in the sand, believe there are no communist states left. A rose by another name is still a rose!

  7. CATHY says:

    Well here we go with more illegals in our county,just give them a plane ride to transport more drugs and whatever

  8. Kathryn says:

    Didn’t Casto free a bunch of crimnals and put them in boats & push them towards the USA a while back? Let’s charter planes & send him all ours. Fair is fair, right? This is wrong, until Cubans are free to travel, we should not support their gov’t w/ tourism dollars.

    1. pigeon says:

      If nothing else let’s send all the sex offenders down there.

  9. sarah says:

    Maybe one day we will be land of the free. I really don’t think the government should have any say about where we go. If people want to travel to Cuba or any other place on this earth then so be it.

    1. pigeon says:

      We are the land of the free – ask all the illegal aliens!

  10. BamaGrits says:

    @tylerjake: Most 1st generation Cuban expats want isolation. Many 2nd-3rd gens don’t care (as much). The Miami Mafia is dying off.

    Is Cuba still an oppressive regime? You bet. Has the 50-year embargo done any good? Not really. If you keep doing what you always did, you’ll get what you always got. Let’s try something different & see, hmm? Maybe a little “detente” and “glasnost” will do for Cuba what it did for Eastern Europe.

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