On flights arriving in Spain, passengers are still supposed to wear facemasks
And while the remaining Covid safety measure doesn’t apply in Spanish airports, airlines are supposed to ensure that passengers don their masks when the flight is arriving in Spain. Flights departing from Spain are governed by the rules in the country of arrival, so generally travellers only have to cover up while flying through Spanish airspace.
However, anecdotal evidence from many frequent flyers suggests that even this rule isn’t being strictly enforced by foreign carriers.
“Spain is the last country in the European Union where the mask is mandatory, and this generates competitive distortions between the airlines,” the president of the Airlines Association, Javier Gándara, complained this week.
Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday November 22, the president explained that the tough rules imposed on Spanish airlines could be off-putting for many passengers who may be inclined to choose a different carrier.
“The legal framework should never create an advantage or disadvantage between some operators and others. We ask that the obligation of the mask on board be changed and become a recommendation.”
On the plus side, the Airline Association president confirmed that the upcoming winter season will be even busier than pre-pandemic 2019, with 114.2 million seats scheduled in the coming months, an increase of 4.4%.
Source: Murcia Today