President Obama expected to visit Cuba in March

Barack Obama, Raul Castro
FILE - In this April 11, 2015, file photo, Cuban President Raul Castro, left, and U.S. President Barack Obama meet at the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama, Saturday. The United States and Cuba publicly say they’re delighted with the state of diplomatic relations a year after Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro declared the end to more than 50 years of official hostility. The two countries have reopened embassies in Havana and Washington; agreed to a pilot program restarting direct mail service; signed two deals on environmental protection; and launched talks on issues from human rights to compensation for U.S. properties confiscated by Cuba’s revolution. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Officials said Wednesday night that President Barack Obama is expected to visit Cuba in March.

There are no further details about the trip available Wednesday night, but CNN reported more information would be available in an announcement on Thursday.

The President’s trip announcement comes a  day after the US and Cuba signed an agreement to resume commercial air traffic.

The commercial air traffic will be resumed  for the first time in five decades, starting the clock on dozens of new flights operating daily by next fall.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Cuban Transportation Minister Adel Yzquierdo Rodríguez signed the deal in a ceremony at Havana’s Hotel Nacional on Tuesday morning.

The U.S. airlines can now start bidding on routes for as many as 110 U.S.-Cuba flights a day – more than five times the current number. All flights operating between the two countries today are charters.

The agreement allows 20 regular daily U.S. flights to Havana, in addition to the current 10-15 charter flights a day. The rest would be to other Cuban cities.

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