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1st Beijing-Madrid-Havana flight arrives in Cuba

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1st Beijing-Madrid-Havana flight arrives in Cuba

2024-05-18 17:26 Last Updated At:23:57

The first flight to resume air links between Cuba and China arrived in Havana on Friday, with a stopover in Spain, which is expected to enhance connectivity and facilitate exchanges between the two countries.

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner of Air China was received at the Jose Marti International Airport in Havana with the traditional water salute.

Cuban Prime Minister Manuel Marrero Cruz, Minister of Tourism Juan Carlos Garcia Granda, Minister of Transportation Adel Onofre Yzquierdo Rodriguez, and Chinese Ambassador to Cuba Ma Hui greeted the crew at the airport, and held a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Cuban Minister of Tourism Garcia stated that Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel has signed a presidential decree and issued a communique, introducing a visa-free policy for Chinese citizens who enter and transit Cuba with ordinary passports and stay no more than 90 days.

Ambassador Ma stated that the restoration of China-Cuba flights is not only a breakthrough, but also a new starting point. Starting with two flights per week, it is hoped that the airline frequency will increase as passenger traffic between the two countries grows.

There were no direct flights from China to Cuba until Air China resumed the Beijing-Madrid-Havana route, the only direct one between China and Cuba.

The air links were suspended during the COVID-19 outbreak.

1st Beijing-Madrid-Havana flight arrives in Cuba

1st Beijing-Madrid-Havana flight arrives in Cuba

1st Beijing-Madrid-Havana flight arrives in Cuba

1st Beijing-Madrid-Havana flight arrives in Cuba

Russia claimed on Wednesday that its forces attacked the ammunition depots of Ukraine, while the Ukrainian said they destroyed military equipment of Russia, according to their latest updates on the conflict.

The Russian Defense Ministry said in a briefing released on Wednesday that its military gained advantageous positions in multiple areas, striking Ukrainian ammunition depots, artillery systems, and other targets.

They also intercepted rockets, aerial bombs, and drones launched by Ukraine, said the Defense Ministry.

On the same day, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine reported that Ukrainian forces were engaged in combat with the Russian military in various directions, including Pokrovsk.

They launched powerful strikes against Russia, resulting in the destruction of Russian personnel and weaponry, it added.

A spokesperson from the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant stated that the city of Energodar, where the nuclear power plant is situated, experienced a power outage due to the Ukrainian drone attack on a local substation, according to a report by Russia's TASS news agency on Wednesday.

But operation of the nuclear plant was not affected, said the report.

Following the drone attack, Ukrainian armed forces commenced artillery bombardment on the city, said a TASS report.

Russia strikes Ukrainian ammunition depots, Ukraine destroys Russian military equipment

Russia strikes Ukrainian ammunition depots, Ukraine destroys Russian military equipment

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