Spain allows free access for people to airports from tomorrow


Madrid, Oct 14 (EFE) .- The restrictions on access to the buildings of the terminals of Spanish airports applied due to the coronavirus pandemic will be abolished as of this Friday, according to a published resolution of the Secretary of State for Transport this Thursday.

Due to the health crisis and to avoid crowds, the Spanish authorities decided that only passengers with a boarding pass, airport workers and companions could enter the terminals with just cause.

These restrictions were due to the need to protect the health of travelers and preserve the continuity of movements made by air transport.

Now, the evolution of the pandemic and the advance of vaccination advise the progressive adaptation of the limitations and to contribute to the recovery of economic activity and the gradual return to normality, in particular with a view to the reactivation of tourism, a sector heavily affected by restrictions.

Spain is at low risk of contagion (41.4 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days), with 78% of the population fully vaccinated.

The Spanish Airports and Air Navigation manager (AENA) has obtained the accreditation of “safe airport” from the Airpot Health Accreditation program of the International Airports Council for the 46 aerodromes in its network.

This program assesses compliance with the sanitary measures recommended by the International Civil Aviation Organization, the European Aviation Safety Agency, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control and the World Health Organization guidelines.

Consequently, the Ministers of Transport, Raquel Sánchez, and of Health, Carolina Darias, recently proposed that the Government eliminate the limitation of access to airport terminals, “without prejudice to the fact that appropriate measures must be adopted to avoid crowds in the inside”.

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