Barajas Airport Prepares For Traffic Return

Madrid´s Adolfo Suarez Airport will start to open the remainder of it´s 4 terminals from July 1st, the airport´s operator Aena have announced.

The move will be gradual and in line with the easing of the present travel restrictions in place from the European Union and the resumption of wider international traffic. The Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced on Sunday that Spain will be re-opening it´s EU borders from June 21st.

During the pandemic lockdown only Terminal 4 has been open. Terminal 1 is to open on July 1st and the remainder are expected to open as more routes become operational which is expected over the summer months.

Aena reported that international passenger traffic from and to Spain fell by almost 99% in May compared to the same period last year with just 267,671 passengers. Of that Madrid had 81,263 travellers, which represented an 98.4% decrease over the same month in 2019.

Aena also reported that there were 17,686 aircraft movements in Aena’s airport network in Spain during May which was 91.7% less than in the same month in the previous year.

With the easing of European travel restrictions EASA (European Union Aviation Safety Agency) is implementating required safety protocols in all EU airports including Covid thermal image screening to check body temperature. In addition passengers will  have to complete a Passenger Location Card (PLC) as part of tracking and tracing measures to be in place in Spain.

Airlines are beginning to re-schedule their operations for late June and the trend shows a significant increase from July onwards.

Mallorca has seen the first of some 11,000 tourists who have started to arrive from Germany under a Shengen Zone pilot scheme with the Balearic islands. The rest of the EU ( except Portugal) is set to follow from June 21st once borders are re-opened and reciprocal agreements are in place.

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