Name: Pietro Vento
Position: Iberia Station chief at Havana Airport
Job and duties:
I’ve been the station chief in Havana for nearly four years. Previously I was coordinator in Caracas. I’m responsible for Iberia arrivals and departures here.
How did you come to Iberia, and to Cuba?
I joined Iberia in 2014 after working for another airline in Caracas airport. Iberia made me an offer and I didn’t hesitate!
My permanent residence, where my family lives, is Madrid. Owing to political and social circumstances, we left Venezuela in 2018. But I’m currently living in Havana.
– How did you adapt to life in Cuba, professionally and personally?
It hasn’t been easy to be separated from my family –in Cuba I live alone. In social terms, Havana is very different from Caracas, but I enjoy challenges and I try to focus on the positive.
– What are the differences between the two cultures?
For a Venezuelan in Cuba, there aren’t that many differences. We’re all Caribbean and our cultures are quite similar.
– What has impressed you most about Cubans?
Cubans are very ingenious. They adapt well to every circumstance, and they’re warm-hearted and cheerful.
– Do you know any other Venezuelans working for Iberia?
Yes, I know Venezuelan pilots, airport personnel, and office workers with Iberia in different parts of the world.
– What’s your favourite spot in Havana?
The Morro fortress is a lovely spot from which you can view the Malecon shoreline and the whole city.
– An excursion you’re planning?
I want to visit Los Cayos and the Jardines de la Reina.
– Your idea Sunday?
To be in Madrid with my family. In Havana, on Sundays I like to visit the eastern beaches.