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Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 12:32 pm | Updated: 2:08 pm, Tue Nov 26, 2013.

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — More than two years after Key West gained approval to begin operating flights to Cuba, not a single plane has taken off for the island from this outpost in southernmost Florida.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agreed in October 2011 to permit Key West to become a port of entry for Cuba.

The Florida island and Cuba are 90 miles apart and have a long and intertwined history. However, flights between the two stopped after the 1959 Cuban revolution.

Several charter airlines have expressed interest in operating the flights again but none have been successful.

Key West International Airport director Peter Horton says companies have had difficulty getting approval from all the required Cuban and U.S. authorities. And the airport currently can only accept flights carrying 10 passengers from Cuba.

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