July 19, 2016-Bangor International Airport has received a license from the U.S. Department of the Treasury to refuel Trans-Atlantic flights to Cuba.
“This is great news for Bangor. BGR’s strategic location for technical stops is widely known but for years those planes headed for Cuba were banned from using our facilities. This added business is yet another opportunity for growth at BGR. The recent news of Wayfair’s call center locating on the Airport campus and more expansion at C&L Aerospace emphasizes the importance of BGR as a regional asset," said Airport Committee Chair, Councilor Joseph Baldacci.
The technical stops by any aircraft at Bangor International destined for Cuba will be allowed to refuel, de-ice, and receive catering and other crew services, but will not be allowed to disembark or load any passengers.
“We are very happy that our licensing request to service trans-Atlantic flights to Cuba was approved. This now gives us a level playing field to compete for this business with the Canadian airports that have been able to do this for the last 5 decades,” said BGR Director, Tony Caruso. He went on to say that BGR now has the opportunity to add this business to our list of prospects for technical stops.
Bangor International Airport is a full-service regional airport offering non-stop, affordable flights to Detroit, New York’s LaGuardia, Orlando/Sanford, Philadelphia, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Washington DC and seasonally to Chicago and Newark. BGR is the leading airport for trans-Atlantic tech stops. The Airport is an enterprise funded entity operated by the City of Bangor and is supported solely through Airport generated revenue.