Last Updated on Wednesday, 1 July, 2020 at 12:35 pm by Andre Camilleri
The Malta International Airport has opened for tourists once again, with nine flights arriving in Malta on the first day of the resumption of air traffic.
The airport was shut on 20 March as Malta moved to curb the importation of cases of Covid-19, but, after 103 days closed, reopened to tourist flights on Wednesday from a limited number of destinations.
Flights from Poland, Italy, Spain, Germany, and Ireland will land in Malta throughout the course of the day, while flights will leave the island to Germany, Austria, Poland, Italy, and Ireland over the course of today, with flights to the United Kingdom resuming as of Thursday as well.
The airport will open to flights from all destinations as from 15 July.
Economy Minister Silvio Schembri and Tourism Minister Julia Farrugia Portelli were present at the airport on Wednesday as tourist flights resumed.
MIA released a number of safety guidelines for those travelling through the airport, including the mandatory wearing of a mask or visor and the maintaining of social distancing as well, with measures in place such as that non-travelling persons will not be allowed into the terminal.
Meanwhile, both arriving and departing passengers will be monitored through temperature checks through heat-detecting cameras, with those who are detected to have a fever not being allowed to fly and being sent instead to be tested for Covid-19.