The federal government will let air carriers resume direct charter flights between Florida and Cuba.

The companies must wait for landing permits from Cuba before the flights can start, which could be as soon as Thursday, said Vivian Mannerud, manager of Miami's Airline Brokers Co.American Airlines and Marazul Charters of Miami also have licenses, said Mannerud, a leading charter organizer before flights were canceled.

Island Air Charters, in Fort Lauderdale, and Cuba Paquetes Inc., in Hialeah, also have said they received notice from the Treasury Department's Office of Financial Asset Control, which supervises all embargoes, that direct flights could resume.