Recovery plan for air traffic in Spain
The president of the Spanish airport manager, Maurici Lucena, has outlined the process by which air traffic at Spanish airports has been resumed in three phases: first domestic flights, then routes with European Union countries, and finally, intercontinental flows through long-haul connections.
To this end, the president explained that Aena is designing a traffic recovery scheme in the indicated stages. The objective is to create interdisciplinary groups, where agents of the sector, city councils and companies contribute to generate confidence in the airlines and stimulate demand once the crisis is overcome.
Aena has set up the Operational Recovery Group to create protocols to guarantee passenger protection. The various aspects include queue management, disinfection of facilities such as terminals, provision of masks, gloves and disinfectant material, control of the capacity of stores and restaurants and distances between passengers.
These protocols will be established in the 46 airports that Aena manages in Spain and will be coordinated with those integrated in the Association of European Airports (ACI), once the mobility restrictions in the country and the bans on arrivals of flights from Spain to other countries begin to be reduced.
In addition, a program has been created for infrastructure rationalization in order to maintain all of the company's jobs. Due to the decrease in activity, Aena has temporarily closed some of its spaces.
In the case of Madrid-Barajas Airport, activity has been concentrated in Terminal 4, while the other terminals are closed. At Barcelona-El Prat airport, activity is centered on gates A and D of Terminal 1.
Another of the plans approved by the airport manager has been a discount plan for the rental of space to airlines, cargo companies and other companies, ranging from 50 to 75%.