Air Europa & Iberia planes at the airport.

Air Europa & Iberia planes at the airport. archive photo.

13-12-2020Ultima Hora

Spanish and foreign Airlines are demanding that all passengers be given coronavirus antigen tests at the airport, so that they have their results before boarding flights to Mallorca, Minorca and Ibiza.

The ALA Association, which includes Air Europa, Air Europa Express, Iberia Express, Air Nostrum, Vueling, and EasyJet insists that the tests can be carried out at the airports without any problems.

“These are reliable rapid tests, they’re cheaper than PCR tests and it's the easiest and simplest way for all passengers to board their flights with a negative test, which would ensure safe flights and reduce logistical problems at destination airports,” said the Association.

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The Airlines insist that preventive measures must be taken at airports until all the Covid-19 vaccination process is up and running in Spain and all European emitting markets.

“The infrastructure set up at Airports by Health Professionals and AENA in November to deal with foreign travellers can be used to facilitate testing, which will guarantee faster controls for boarding and on arrival at Airports,” said the ALA.

The President of the Government, Francina Armengol says there are no plans to conduct antigen tests at Balearic Airports in the immediate future.

“We are trying to reach agreements with the Spanish Government and the European Union because our priority is to defend the health of citizens and reactivate the economy,” said President Armengol.

“Testing at airports is an option that we have not considered at the moment, because it would have to be approved by the Government and authorised by the European Commission," she added. "At the moment the most reliable test is the PCR test which will be carried out at ports and airports in the Islands.”

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John Parkinson / Hace 12 months

Needs sorting quickly.Have booked June/July flights but will NOT pay up to £150 each for Covid tests prior to flying .Will take easyjet voucher and explore other destinations.

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Mark Badoer / Hace 12 months

So far airport controls are a bit of a joke. I.e. the Communidad Valencia is closed......yet you just walk in, without any questions, checks or anything. Fly back to Mallorca, you just walk through. No check whether or not you are national. Only when some elderly nationals got a little lost and wandered towards international, they immediately got shouted at. All these rules and regulations are mainly political: look what I am doing!!! My actions are saving the world!! .. But it is just words, as usual. Since March I have 22 boarding passes in my phone and the only time I actually got checked was arriving in Athens. For the rest: never!!!!

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Lisa / Hace 12 months

Really???? You think???

It’s taken them this long to realise they need an airport based solution to get visitors thinking they can finally return to Mallorca and start thinking about booking a Mallorcan holiday.

Wow!!!!

Seriously - Mallorca needs tourists back next year PDQ.

To get the spring bookings - an airport based solution is the only way - but it has to be pre Xmas to stand a chance of picking up some spring/summer bookings.

You snooze. You lose.

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Nigel / Hace 12 months

Do not hold your breath if we have to wait for EU, then Government then Armengol.

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