Malaga airport's most important airline, Ryanair, has announced that it will resume flying to the Costa del Sol on 1 July.
The company has confirmed that it will start with 40 per cent of its flights and will focus on maintaining a wide diversity of routes but with reduced frequency to cover as much demand as possible.
The Irish 'low cost' airline has pointed out, "These measures are subject to the governments' lifting of flight restrictions within Europe and the application of the efficient public health measures planned for airports."
For its return, Ryanair has scheduled nearly 1,000 daily flights around Europe, where before the crisis it operated 2,400. Its aim is to recover 90 per cent of its pre-coronavirus routes.
"Ryanair will fly again from the majority of its 80 European bases. There will be fewer daily/weekly frequencies on trunk routes, as Ryanair works to restore some services on the widest number of routes, rather than operating high frequency services on a small number," said the company in a statement. Malaga Airport is one of its main hubs in Spain.
Ryanair CEO Eddie Wilson said: “It is important for our customers and our people that we return to some normal schedules from 1 July onwards.
“Governments around Europe have implemented a four-month lockdown to limit the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
“After four months, it is time to get Europe flying again so we can reunite friends and families, allow people to return to work and restart Europe’s tourism industry, which provides so many millions of jobs.”
Wilson also said, "Ryanair will work closely with public health authorities to ensure that these flights comply, where possible, with effective measures to limit the spread of Covid-19. As already shown in Asia, temperature checks and face masks/coverings are the most effective way to achieve this on short haul (one hour) within Europe's single market."
In order to resume activity the company has established a series of measures to guarantee the safety of passengers and crews. These include online check-in and downloading boarding passes on mobile phones, as well as advising passengers to check their temperature before leaving home, pointing out that this may also be done at the airport before boarding. Face masks or coverings must be worn at all times in the airport and on board the plane, advises the airline.
"All our aircraft are fitted with state-of-the-art air filtration systems which operate to hospital standards," said the airline, adding that the planes will be disinfected on a daily basis with products that are effective for 24 hours.
A limited refreshment service will be available selling wrapped snacks and drinks with no cash payments accepted. Queueing for the toilets will not be allowed, although passengers can request to use the toilet.
Ryanair encourages passengers to wash their hands frequently and use hand sanitisers available at airports.
More details of routes, flights, times and fares are now available at www.ryanair.com.