UPDATE: Tenerife can receive international flights during de-escalation
Tenerife Sur airport will be included in the list approved by the Ministry of Transport as an entry point to Spain, after talks by the Cabildo and the Canary Islands Government, with Minister Ábalos
The Cabildo reported today (Saturday) that the Minister of Transportation, José Luis Ábalos, has promised that the Tenerife Sur airport will be opened to international flights as an entry point during the de-escalation process.
Pedro Martín says that he has the commitment of the Government of the Canary Islands to implement all the measures required at Tenerife Sur airport, to operate with these international flights, "logically, establishing security protocols to ensure that there is no risk of spreading the disease ”.
In addition, he said that "it is a controlled process in the de-escalation plan that the Government wants to start establishing to launch at certain airports in the country under rigorous security controls."
Tenerife Sur was excluded from the list of authorized airports allowed to receive international flights; a "regrettable error" that the president of the Cabildo, Pedro Martín, believes will be corrected "soon".
The Government of Spain yesterday 'forgot' to include Tenerife Sur airport in the list of those authorized to receive international flights, and the response of the Tenerife hierarchy has been unanimous in this regard: the town councils of the main tourist municipalities of the Island, the Cabildo, and the regional government, all raised their voices to demand that the central executive rectify their mistake and allow planes to land in the western province.
The ministerial order that was published in the BOE included only five locations across the country to accommodate flights from abroad, which are El Prat, Adolfo Suárez Madrid Barajas, Málaga-Costa del Sol, Palma de Mallorca and Gran Canaria, in the same way as the ports of Barcelona, Bilbao, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife, Valencia, Las Palmas and Vigo for traffic by sea.
Cabildo president, Pedro Martín, stressed that the Tenerife airport has all the necessary characteristics and the security measures implemented, to start operating immediately, and said that, "there's no reason to exclude the South airport" from the selection, and such a" regrettable mistake" has been made. So much so, he is convinced that it is "an oblivion" that will be corrected "shortly by Madrid".
On the other hand, the Government of the Canary Islands, through the Departments of Transport and Health, requested the Government of Spain to include the South Tenerife airport among the authorized airports, appealing to a final provision of the ministerial decree, which allows modifications in the initial list published by the Ministry in the BOE.