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Tourists rush to Malaga Airport to escape lockdown as Costa del Sol hotels close

Malaga Airport on Sunday.
Malaga Airport on Sunday. / SALVADOR SALAS
  • Easyjet and Jet2.com are among airlines that have cancelled flights to and from Spain from Tuesday, while Ryanair has reduced its service

Long queues formed at Malaga Airport on Sunday as tourists cut short their holidays to escape the lockdown imposed by the Spanish government to fight the coronavirus crisis.

Notices informed guests of the ban on leaving the premises as well as the closure of hotel gyms and pools and airlines put into action special plans to return tourists to their countries of origin.

On Sunday Easyjet, TUI and Jet2.com announced that they would stop flying in and out of Spain on Tuesday, while Ryanair said that it would cut its schedule to comply with the state of alarm decree. This establishes that passenger transport should be reduced by 50%.

As the crowds of tourists in the airport on Sunday made it look like a day in August, the public announcements advised passengers to keep a distance of two metres between them in the queues. The 180 departures from Malaga Airport on Sunday were operating as planned, the airport informed that afternoon.

Hotels along the Costa del Sol are gradually closing as remaining tourists are being grouped together.