Price of flights to Spain set to skyrocket as airlines pass on cost of coronavirus – Latest News

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New protocols such as temperature scanning and social distancing markings is likely to cost millions of euros for the airline industry.

Along with higher ticket prices, there are fears that struggling airlines could collapse altogether after the pandemic.

Individual Spanish airlines will be responsible for covering the cost of new coronavirus safety measures, it was announced today, creating further financial pressure

Passengers in protective face masks check in at Madrid’s Adolfo Suarez Barajas Airport

Airlines are struggling to recover from the coronavirus pandemic

Spain is reopening its borders on July 1, but it’s unclear when Brits will be permitted entry

Flights to Spain will likely become more expensive as airports announce that individual airlines will be responsible for covering the cost of new coronavirus safety measures.

It has been granted special government permission to recoup the costs of all coronavirus checks after the State of Emergency is lifted on June 21.

A royal decree published on Tuesday rules that Spanish airport authority 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”.

Airlines that have been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus travel bans may be given the option of paying off the additional fees over several years.

“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.

The terms will be agreed between the Ministry of Health and AENA in the coming days.

While air travel is expected to surge significantly once all airports reopen as cooped-up citizens finally get the chance to go on a much-needed holiday, it will take some time for the industry to recover from the financial devastation of the pandemic.

While Spain is opening up to international travel from July 1, it’s not yet clear when British tourists will be able to enter the country.

That means ticket prices will likely skyrocket to help airlines recoup their heavy losses after months of no or low sales.

However today it was announced that residents of Gibraltar, a British Overseas Territory in the Iberian Peninsula, will now be allowed to cross the frontier into Spain.

Yesterday it was revealed that Spain is not yet discussing creating an “air bridge” for UK tourists despite Brits making up a significant portion of the country’s tourism trade.

Approximately 6,000 German tourists will be permitted to fly to the Balearic Islands from June 15 as a tourism test, two weeks before the rest of Spain reopens its borders.

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