The airport is named for Cuban patriot and poet Jose Marti.
Because of the US Embargo on Cuba, no airlines from the United States are permitted to land there. However, on special occasions, airlines such as United Airlines and Continental Airlines have transported passengers from Miami to Havana. Because of Cuba's relationship with the Soviet Union, the airport during the 1970s and 1980s enjoyed the presence of many Eastern Bloc airline companies.
Airlines flying to this airport on a regular basis include: