Malta airport could reopen on 15 June but decision still depends on agreement granted by the health authorities the Tourism Minister Julia Farrugia Portelli indicated.
Farrugia Portelli said the Prime Minister will be announcing an official date for reopening the airport in the coming days.
The target date has been set earlier, and all stakeholders agreed that a confirmation is needed as soon as possible, she continued.
“We have always said the airport should be closed until 15 June but we will continue assessing this with the health authorities,” she said on TVM’s Xtra on May 28 night programme, pointing to the government intention of mid-June reopening.
Farrugia Portelli underlined that there will be a summer vacation possible for the guests of the archipelago country.
“It will be a safer summer than ever before,” she said, adding that safety protocols will be introduced once the airport reopens.
Tourism operators have been waiting for the reopening of the airport and lifting of travel restrictions to encourage tourism, contributing to about 15% of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP). All travel came to standstill when the COVID-19 pandemic reached Malta in March.
Malta medical experts have established 616 cases, 501 patients received treatment and recovered, but still 108 cases remain active. Seven from COVID-19 infections resulted in related deaths.