Flights to Spain are likely to become more expensive as airports announce that individual airlines are responsible for the costs of new coronavirus security measures.
Along with higher ticket prices, there are fears that struggling airlines may collapse completely after the pandemic.
New protocols such as temperature scanning and remote markings are likely to cost millions of dollars to the airline industry.
A Royal Decree published Tuesday stipulates that the Spanish airport authority AENA will be responsible for providing “the human, health and support resources needed to ensure sanitary control of the entry of passengers on international flights”.
The government has been given special permission to recoup the costs of all coronavirus controls after the state of emergency was lifted on June 21.
The conditions will be agreed between the Ministry of Health and AENA in the coming days.
“Personnel or material costs, which will depend on intangibles such as the number of tourists coming to Spain in the coming months or the outbreak of the pandemic, will be charged at airport rates for this and subsequent years until their recovery “said the Spanish government.
Airlines particularly affected by the travel ban on the corona virus may be able to pay the additional costs over several years.
While air traffic is expected to increase significantly once all airports have reopened, as trapped citizens are finally given the opportunity to take a much-needed vacation, the industry will take some time to recover from the financial devastation of the pandemic.
That means ticket prices are likely to skyrocket to help airlines recoup their heavy losses after months of no or low sales.
While Spain will be opening to international travel from July 1, it is not yet clear when British tourists can enter the country.
It was revealed yesterday that Spain is not yet discussing the creation of an “airlift” for British tourists, despite British being a significant part of the country’s tourism trade.
However, it was announced today that residents of Gibraltar, a British overseas territory on the Iberian Peninsula, are now allowed to cross the border into Spain.
About 6,000 German tourists will be allowed to fly to the Balearic Islands from June 15 as a tourist test, two weeks before the rest of Spain reopens its borders.