Spain’s Minister for Transport, José Luis Ábalos, has said that another 8 airports across Spain would be opened. From Monday (today), airports in Alicante, Valencia, Tenerife South, Seville, Menorca, Ibiza, Fuertaventura, and Lanzarote will be in operation.
Five airports – Madrid-Barajas, Barcelona El Prat, Gran Canaria, Malaga, and Palma de Mallorca – are already operational.
Last Wednesday, the European Commission published updated guidelines for the de-escalation of tourism and transport restrictions in which the limitation of travel was not listed among its recommendations. The Minister for Transport, José Luis Ábalos, has said that in Spain it is recommended to limit the capacity on board public transport to a third of the capacity, but for the moment there is no regulation to that effect.
Ábalos has said that he is confident that tourism will be able to restart in June but that airlines would need to re-create trust among their clients to recover demand. He that that the EC had not established limitations between a series of guidelines approved for the entire EU and confirmed that, “Yes, there is talk of the mandatory use of masks, of not carrying luggage in the cabins or of the need to keep safety distances at airports, which is what we are working on.”
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The ALA (Asociación de Líneas Aéreas) has reaffirmed that the air in aircraft cabins should be renewed every two or three minutes and that HEPA filters should be used for the elimination of viruses and bacteria. It has also called for airlines to ensure that aircraft are clean and ensure that the movement of people on board is limited. Treatment with disinfectants should be carried out more frequently in armrests, folding tables, luggage racks, toilets and crew spaces.
With regards to the 14-day quarantine which international travellers to Spain must undergo, the minister explained that the Spanish initiative to quarantine visitors from abroad is due to the limitations on mobility that are still in place within the country: “We had to approve the situation. We cannot prohibit a person from Madrid from going to their apartment of the Valencian Community and allow a foreigner to do it.”