The opening of a flight between Lisboa and Jardines del Rey, north of Ciego de Ávila, confirms the area’s sustained growth and consolidation as one of the principal tourist destinations in Cuba. The first Aeroatlantic flight arrived at Cayo Coco airport with 276 passengers on board, the majority Portuguese, Italian and Swiss. With a weekly schedule, flights will continue through September 15, giving tourists the opportunity to enjoy attractions offered by the area’s natural environment, listed as a beach resort par excellence. José Manuel Antúnez, director general of the agency responsible for the project, emphasized that all tickets for upcoming flights have been sold, demonstrating European visitors’ growing awareness of the Coco and Guillermo Keys. Antúnez stated that an exclusivity contract has been signed with Gaviota hotels and that 2,000 tourists are expected to visit Jardines del Rey during the summer period. Iyolexis Correa, representative for the Ministry of Tourism in Ciego de Ávila, emphasized that over the summer period the resort faces the challenge of improving the quality of services in all areas and providing tourists with personalized attention. She stated that Coco and Guillermo Keys have been prepared for the new period with improvements in infrastructure, restoration of internal roads and repair of various bridges over the viaduct which links the Keys to the mainland. Signage and billboard information has also been improved, and a greater range of non-hotel products are now available with the opening of the La Gaviota shopping center, the multifunctional Rocarena and the Buena Vista Club in Morón. (AIN)