The data was provided by Turismo do Algarve, adding that 2500 passengers from the United Kingdom arrived that day.
The president of the Algarve Tourism Authority stated that Portugal’s departure from the “green list” of tourism in the UK led to a “peak” in the number of departures from Faro Airport on Saturday, which was about 10,000, which has declined this Sunday.
“yesterday [sábado] About 10,000 British passengers left in a concentrated manner, but it is interesting to note that during the same period, 2,500 passengers arrived. Therefore, despite British regulations, there are still British people arriving in the Algarve,” Joao Fernandez told Lusa News Agency.
The President of the Tourist Area of the Algarve (RTA) admitted that “Faro Airport occasionally encounters some restrictions” because passengers seeking to return to the UK before Tuesday have increased traffic to the UK, the day they now enter Portugal due to covid-19 The pandemic, withdrawn from the “green list” of travel.
João Fernandes explained that the passengers, “many of them are British”, were forced to “expect them to return to the country by Tuesday”, thus evading the 10-day quarantine and two tests for covid-19 Obligations. Due to the measures taken by the British government on all passengers arriving in the UK from Portugal, this period has passed.
The RTA chairman explained that in the “check-in” area, especially on flights to the UK, the influx was “more peaceful” and “fewer passengers returned than yesterday. [sábado]This is the peak period of this influx.”
João Fernandes (João Fernandes) pointed out two reasons to justify the accumulation of the “check-in” area: one is related to the human resources provided by the airline, and the other is related to the lack of filling in the forms required by the United Kingdom.
“With these twists and turns of the British government, [as companhias aéreas] They did not provide or have human resources to open many counters, so they concentrated their teams at a few check-in points,” he argued.
Another reason is that passengers arriving at the’check-in’ “do not have a’passenger location table’, which is information that must be submitted to an online platform with a specific code, which is an obligation of the British government. Need to enter the UK”, Joao Fernandez Say.
The Algarve authorities have also increased their ability to test covid-19 at Faro Airport and different parts of the region, “especially on weekends”, and have allowed tourists to carry out tests on arrival and during their stay in hotels to the airport to catch the return flight.
“yesterday [sábado] João Fernandes emphasized that the detection of airport personnel has been strengthened with trucks to ensure that “due to lack of detection, no one can board the plane”.
As for the return flight, Joao Fernandez said that airlines and travel agencies have been strengthening their response capabilities based on the travel needs of returning to the UK. Taking TUI as an example, it “brought a Boeing 787 that can accommodate 300 passengers.” In order to be able to repatriate more people before Tuesday.
Britain’s decision on Thursday to exclude Portugal from the “green list” of tourism has aroused criticism from the tourism industry, which is preparing to increase bookings and demand for British tourists after May 17. The government made the opposite decision and opened up travel to Portugal.