Spain flights to be more expensive with coronavirus safety plans


Flights to Spain are set to become even more expensive for potential holidaymakers after airports said they would pass the cost of new coronavirus safety measures onto individual airlines. 

The announcement has sparked concerns of higher air fares and the potential collapse of embattled airlines. 

The bill for new coronavirus safety measures is likely to run into millions of euros across the Spanish airport network. Hard-hit airlines may have the option to ‘pay off’ the additional fees over several years. 

The Spanish government announced it would be opening up the country to foreign travel on July 1, but it remains unclear when British holidaymakers will be able to travel to the country as Spain is not discussing the creation of an ‘air bridge’ for UK tourists, it emerged yesterday.  

Flights to Spain are set to become even more expensive for potential holidaymakers after airports said they would pass the cost of new coronavirus safety measures onto individual airlines. Above, passengers arrive at the Palma de Mallorca airport, Balearics, Spain on June 8 

The proposals were officially published on Wednesday by the Spanish government, which is granting the airport authority special permission to recoup the costs of all the coronavirus checks once the State of Emergency is lifted on June 21st.    

The Royal decree published yesterday for the ‘new norm’ rules that Spanish airport network AENA will be responsible for providing ‘the human, health and support resources necessary to guarantee the sanitary control of the entry of passengers on international flights. ‘

The terms will be agreed between the Ministry of Health and AENA itself through a deal that will be signed in the coming days.

‘The staff or material expenses, which will depend on intangibles such as the volume of tourists that come to Spain in the coming months or the existence of outbreaks in the pandemic, will be charged to the airport tariffs for this and subsequent years until their recovery,’ the Spanish government said.

Existing agreements envisaged no increase in airport tariffs until 2027 but the coronavirus pandemic is being accepted as exceptional circumstances.

The proposals were officially published on Wednesday by the Spanish government, which is granting the airport authority special permission to recoup the costs of all the coronavirus checks once the State of Emergency is lifted on June 21st. Above, passengers at Palma de Mallorca airport

The proposals were officially published on Wednesday by the Spanish government, which is granting the airport authority special permission to recoup the costs of all the coronavirus checks once the State of Emergency is lifted on June 21st. Above, passengers at Palma de Mallorca airport 

The terms will be agreed between the Ministry of Health and AENA itself through a deal that will be signed in the coming days. Above, a passenger walks behind an information board at the Gran Canaria airport

The terms will be agreed between the Ministry of Health and AENA itself through a deal that will be signed in the coming days. Above, a passenger walks behind an information board at the Gran Canaria airport

During the State of Emergency, most of Spain’s airports were paralysed up until a few weeks ago when 13 of them were reopened and accepting passengers only if they passed one of five criteria, including the need to travel for work. 

Air travel is expected to surge again once all airports reopen and international travel is once again allowed.    

There is currently debate about whether travellers will have to take coronavirus tests before they leave or even on arrival in Spain. All Spanish airports are likely to take the temperatures of passengers and get health questionnaires filled in. 

Major safety measures will also be implemented at the airports, such as social distancing markings and screens.

Yesterday, the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, highlighted the work carried out by both AENA and the Spanish airports, and emphasised that when Spain opens its doors and tourists can come, ‘they will have maximum security conditions’.

Minister of Transport, José Luis Ábalos, has hinted that certain discounts in tariffs could be used to encourage travel. 

With the epidemic now well under control Spain has been slowing easing out of its mid-March lockdown, and the country is set to reopen international borders from 1 July.

But British holidaymakers’ plans for a summer holiday in Spain were yesterday thrown into confusion as the country said it was not discussing the creation of an ‘air bridge’ for tourists with Britain.

Britain introduced a 14-day quarantine for international arrivals and returning tourists from Monday this week.

With the epidemic now well under control Spain has been slowing easing out of its mid-March lockdown, and the country is set to reopen international borders from July 1. Above, beachgoers enjoy the sunny weather at the Las Canteras beach in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

With the epidemic now well under control Spain has been slowing easing out of its mid-March lockdown, and the country is set to reopen international borders from July 1. Above, beachgoers enjoy the sunny weather at the Las Canteras beach in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

While Portugal has said it is discussing a travel corridor that would exempt British visitors returning from Portugal from that quarantine, Spain has no plans to do the same.

A foreign ministry source said: ‘Spain has called for a common (European Union-wide) approach to opening the borders. If this is not done, it will establish its own criteria.

‘The UK is in a period of transition. This means that they will receive the same treatment as EU and Schengen countries for the opening (of borders to tourists), unless they stay out of it because of the epidemiological situation.’

Meanwhile, Spain will allow about 6,000 tourists from Germany, where the pandemic is largely under control, to fly to the Balearic Islands from June 15, two weeks before the country reopens its borders, to test how to restart tourism.



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