KEY WEST (CBS4) – The Conch Republic’s southernmost city will soon be offering flights to the Republic of Cuba.

Key West International Airport has been given federal approval to offer charter flights to Cuba. Because of its small size, planes will only be able to carry 10 passengers or less, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

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Last June, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection denied the airport’s request to accommodate passenger air service to and from Cuba. The denial, dated May 25, cited the airport’s lack of proper inspection facilities and appropriate or sufficient federal personnel.

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Charter flights from Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to Cuba got underway last month.

In March, U.S. Customs and Border Protection granted approval to Tampa International Airport to begin service to Cuba. Island Travel & Tours plans to begin charter service from Tampa to Cuba in November and will begin a flight that connects the Washington, D.C., area to Havana in January, its owner said.

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Up until this year, only airports in Miami, New York and Los Angeles have been authorized to offer flights to Cuba.