Almost 9 out of 10 passengers who traveled this month to Madeira from outside the Region, disembarked at Madeira International Airport Cristiano Ronaldo with the covid-19 negative test carried out up to 72 hours prior to arrival.
The revelation was made this afternoon by the President of the Regional Government, during the visit to the premises of the Regional Civil Protection Service of Madeira, in Cancela, where he chaired the presentation ceremony of POCIF 2020 – Operational Plan for Combating Forest Fires.
“About 89% of passengers disembarked in Madeira were already having a negative test [carried out] in 72 hours”, assured the President of the Government, referring to the nine weekly flights between Madeira and the Mainland (7 via Lisbon, 2 via Port).
As of today, national connections to and from Madeira will also have the resumption of the route between Ponta Delgada (Azores) and Funchal. Four weekly connections between the two archipelagos are already planned.
With regard to inter-island connections with neighboring archipelagos – Canaries and Azores – Albuquerque reaffirmed the intention of “creating security corridors”, setting an example of what is already expected to happen when the connections between Madeira and the Canaries are resumed, where passengers should only board with the (negative) test already performed.
The Madeiran leader considers this articulation “an example for Europe and for civil aviation” of how it can and should develop connections and air mobility based on a “safety foundation”.
Albuquerque is ready to ‘open the purse strings’ to try at all costs to avoid a regression in the current scenario of a pandemic crisis that has been very favorable in the Region, where there are practically no identified cases of infected.
“We cannot take unnecessary risks”, he says, to justify the measures and support that will be announced to justify this “asset that we have to preserve” by emphasizing the results obtained in the Region in the fight against covid-19.
Does he really think this will continue come 1st of July, when tests will be free to anyone arriving in Madeira? At the moment people don’t have a choice, if they don’t carry a negative test they go into Quarantine.
I can’t see many people pay €150-250 a test each on top of their holiday to Madeira.