- Title: Bogota's El Dorado airport prepares for reopening
- Date: 28th June 2020
- Summary: BOGOTA, COLOMBIA (JUNE 26, 2020) (REUTERS) GENERAL OF COLOMBIAN PRESIDENT IVAN DUQUE DURING INTERVIEW (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) COLOMBIAN PRESIDENT IVAN DUQUE, SAYING: ''It's a pilot underway (to reopen airports). We have been working with civil aviation, with the transport ministry because we need standards that are permanent, that minimize crowds, to guarantee keeping a distance, to maintain efficiency, as well as behaviour, the use of face masks, to not consume food during the flight. There are many things being planned well.''
- Embargoed: 12th July 2020 19:04
- Keywords: Bogota COVID-19 airport coronavirus reopening
- Location: BOGOTA, COLOMBIA
- City: BOGOTA, COLOMBIA
- Country: Colombia
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Reuters ID: LVA004CKAB87B
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Operators at El Dorado International Airport in Colombia capital Bogota are taking measures to prepare for the resumption of commercial activity in September.
The government has authorised the resumption of international flights from September 1, while there is still no date as to when national flights will start to operate.
Passengers arriving at El Dorado, one of the largest airports in Latin America, will see banners around the main terminal building to encourage the safe practice of social distancing. Social distancing markers will be placed at waiting areas, security checkpoints and near ticket counters. Hand sanitiser stations will be located throughout the terminal.
An enhanced cleaning schedule will be implemented as the airport prepares for the return of passengers.
The airport will require passengers to wear face masks when they travel. Boarding will now take longer than the usual two hours before the pandemic.
Commercial activity at the terminal has been suspended for more than 90 days. Since the declaration of national emergency, the International Airport El Dorado has received some 280 humanitarian flights.
Meanwhile, Latin America's No. 2 carrier Avianca Holdings reported at the beginning of the month, a $121 million loss for the first quarter, accounting for just two weeks of severe impact from the coronavirus crisis.
The airline was the first in the region to file for bankruptcy protection in the United States and spent a full three months grounded without operating any regular flights. It has since restarted some operations in Ecuador, but its hubs in Colombia, El Salvador and Peru remain closed.
(Production: Javier Andres Rojas, Herbert Villarraga, Geraldine Downer)
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