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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Passengers flying from South Florida to Cuba is a new sight in recent months following the historic thaw in relations between Cuba and the U.S.

Saturday morning, Cuba-bound passengers at  Miami International Airport are reacting to the death of Fidel Castro.

Berta Soler Fernandez told CBS4’s Ted Scouten she’s happy and excited to head back to Cuba after learning Fidel Castro is dead. And this time, she says, she’s not as worried.


The same cannot be said for a group of nurses heading to Cuba to meet with health care workers.

“I was afraid this would happen when we would go to Cuba,” said Joan Fronce.  She explained nobody in her group knows what to expect when they land.

“I feel fortunate that I’m going to be around and I’m going to be able to learn how the country feels. How the people feel,” said nurse Nicola Balmain.

Gallery: The Death Of Fidel Castro 

For many in the group there is no personal stake in this, they have no family ties to Cuba. They see this more as a chance to see first-hand, history in the making.  “I think we’re very fortunate to part of a very historical event.  It will be very interesting. It’s always interesting, today especially,” said Balmain.

There are several airlines that now fly to Cuba including Southwest, JetBlue and American Airlines.

  1. Barry Cohen says:

    Since today is the very day to celebrate Fidel Castro’s death, how’s this one about when I was a Flight Attendant on SouthEast International Airline taking people from Cuba to Miami for a new life on the freedom flights from a VERY Russian influenced Communist Cuba from 1979–1981. Our Boeing 707 was parked away on the tarmac from the terminal at Jose Marti airport in Havana Cuba. Only the Flight Attendants, the Captains and the Cuban soldiers that were on our jet guarding it were allowed to walk from the jet to the terminal so the tarmac was empty. There were thousands of people waiting to watch their friends and family members fly off to freedom on an upper observation deck which was part of the roof of the terminal.

    These people were all quietly watching me walk from the terminal to our jet while waiting to see their loved ones get on to the plane to fly off. As I was walking to the plane and noticed all of these people up on the deck watching me I looked up at them and without thinking (AT ALL) I put my hands up into the air and gave them a double peace sign! I never, ever expected this but all those people all at once became overwhelmed with emotion and started cheering and yelling at the top of their lungs when they saw me do the peace signs! This scared the hell out of me and I ran into our plane praying that no Cuban or Russian Government people saw this event take place! I was shaking on the plane for quite a while waiting to be arrested for in-sighting a riot! But nothing happened! No one except the people on the observation deck saw me and it turned out to be OK! Needless to say, this was one of the scariest days in my life at the time it happened but afterwords it became one of the favorite moments in my life as a Flight Attendant and an American!