The Spanish airport manager Aena has planned, once the crisis unleashed by the coronavirus is alleviated, recover air traffic in three phases, starting with domestic flights, then routes with countries of the European Union (EU) and later, connections to other countries.
The president of AENA, Maurici Lucena, has explained this plan in the videoconference held this Monday with the kings, who have been interested in the situation of the airline sector, the work carried out in the transport of medical equipment and the repatriation of Spaniards abroad, sources from the Royal House have reported.
60% less passengers
Since March, traffic at Spanish airports has suffered a 59.3% drop in the number of passengers (8.1 million) and 43.8% decrease in operations, which have reached 95 percent in some days in April.
Lucena has explained that Aena is working on the design of a traffic recovery scheme, which would contemplate three phases: domestic routes, those of the EU countries and, finally, connections from the rest of the world.
The intention is create interdisciplinary groups, in which sector agents participate, municipalities and companies, with the aim of generating confidence in airlines and stimulating demand once the crisis begins to overcome.
Distance after the reopening of the activity
Aena has also launched the Operational Recovery Group to establish protocols aimed at ensuring the protection of passengers. Among these aspects are queue management, terminal disinfection, supply of disinfectant masks, gloves and gelss, the control of the capacity of shops and restaurants and distances between passengers, the sources have added.
These measures would be applied in the 46 airports that Aena manages in Spain and they would coordinate with those integrated in the Association of European Airports (ACI).
Until the coronavirus health emergency broke out, Aena had registered 33.9 million travelers in the first two months of the year, 3.2% more than in the same period of 2019.
Lucena has explained to the kings the liquidity plan Aena is working on, which has resulted in the signing of agreements with financial entities for 1,075 million euros. Also the program infrastructure rationalization, with the idea of keeping all the jobs in the company.
Due to the drop in activity, Aena has temporarily closed some of its spaces and terminals. In the case of the airport of Madrid-Barajas, activity has been concentrated on T4 -the other terminals are closed- and on El Prat in Barcelona, at gates A and D of T1.
The airport manager has also approved a discount plan for the rental of spaces to airlines, cargo companies and other companies, ranging from 50 to 75%.
The AENA management has informed Don Felipe and Doña Letizia of the donation of two million euros to the Higher Center for Scientific Research (CSIC) to contribute to the development of the projects that it has underway with treatments or vaccines against COVID-19. The possibility has also been enabled for AENA employees to make donations through their “solidarity payroll”.
Since the state of alarm was decreed on March 14 by the pandemic, Aena’s network airports have operated around a hundred freighter flights dedicated exclusively to the transfer of medical equipment.
In the videoconference with the Kings The Managing Director of Aena Airports, Javier Marín, and the Director of Commercial, Real Estate and International Development, María José Cuenda, have also participated from the Palacio de la Zarzuela.