Guatemala: What's Needed to Resume Flying

The installation of anti-bacterial gel stations, cameras and arches for temperature control are some of the works that are pending at La Aurora Airport, so that it can operate commercial flights when the borders open.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Due to the propagation of covid-19, the Guatemalan government prohibited the arrival and departure of commercial flights in the country. So far, the General Directorate of Civil Aeronautics (DGAC) foresees that La Aurora Airport could restart its activity next August 15, however, the air terminal still has to adapt several areas to comply with sanitary requirements.

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Motty de Rodas, executive director of the Guatemalan Airline Association (Agla), confirmed to Prensalibre.com that "... the director of the DGAC, Francis Argueta, informed us that it was decided to set that date for the issue of opening preparations, even by the airlines, but possibly it could be opened earlier, although it depends on the restrictions maintained or varied by the Ministry of Health authorities in the country."

Rodas added that "... Companies, mainly those based in the United States and Mexico, are ready to operate because their airports have not been closed, or have already reopened. But one must also foresee if La Aurora airport and the country are ready to operate."

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The Agla directive specified that other work to be carried out at the air terminal is the installation of special biosafety equipment such as gloves, masks and other utensils, and that mixing with organic or common waste is avoided.

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