AENA say Spanish airports are ready for borders to open from Monday

2020/06/18 16:06:38 Written by Canarian Weekly Business

The management company for Spanish airports, Aena, has said they are ready for passengers with the new protocols in place, and new safe processes starting on Monday, which will include much deeper disinfection, temperature measurements, and hidden thermal imaging cameras that passengers won’t even notice.

This was detailed by the president of Aena, Maurici Lucena, today (Thursday) at the Business Summit organized by CEOE, about the "new stage" that airports are starting from, from the point of view of health security, after the expected lifting of the state of alarm that will end the restriction on mobility.

At all airports from next week, the queue management at the check-in and access counters for passenger boarding, will be different, with maximum capacity, markings for distances, lanes marked by more meandering tapes, and screens.

Passengers on international flights must also fill out a form so that the authorities can "trace" them, in the event that it is necessary to locate them if a contagion occurs, and the thermal imaging cameras mentioned before, for taking body temperature.

Air traffic plummeted in Spain by 95% in April alone, and more than 99% in May, according to Aena's own data.

The president of Aena has said that "they have been the hardest months in our entire history." For Lucena, the enumeration of the “classic factors” of a recession has affected Aena's activity.

Among them, he highlighted the restrictions on mobility, which in his opinion "are going to partially remain"; the loss of purchasing power by families and businesses, and an increase in the savings rate for precautionary reasons that detract from their budget for leisure and flying, and fear of illness.