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Andalucía calls for same treatment as the islands in safe air corridor plans

Passengers at Malaga Airport.
Passengers at Malaga Airport. / SALVADOR SALAS
  • The regional authority and the tourism industry have urged the central government to push for tourist bridges between the Costa del Sol and countries such as the UK

Regional Tourism Minister Juan Marín has lashed out at the central government after it gave the go-ahead to guidelines for safe tourist air corridors to the Canary and Balearic Islands. The move has angered the Junta de Andalucía, which has said it would provide rapid Covid tests at Malaga Airport if the government set up safe air bridges to boost tourism.

"We're tired of knocking on the government's door and nobody answering," said Marín this week, adding that hotels were also considering testing guests. A safe corridor between Malaga and the UK was "urgent" said Andalusian hoteliers representative, Miguel Sánchez.

According to the protocol agreed for the islands, travellers from areas with a low infection rate would not have to be tested, while those from areas with a higher rate would have to show a negative test result from 48 hours previously.