The first plane from Mexico landed on Cuban soil today after the decision to open the Cuban borders was announced on October 8.

It is an aircraft from Cancun, operated by the airline Viva Aerobus, and that landed at the international airport “Ignacio Agramonte”, in the city of Camagüey this Tuesday, marking the restart of operations of that air terminal, after several months of border closures due to the pandemic.

In its Facebook account, the air terminal indicates that the first flight has been carried out in strict respect and observance of the health measures established by the Cuban health authorities.

Leudes Escobar Pino, director of the airport, said according to Cubadebate that this month there will be three flights between the city of Cancun and the city of Camagüey, for which all measures are already taken in order to guarantee the safety of travelers.

Last August, the Agramontino airport received a certification for the restart of air operations, granted by the specialists of International Sanitary Control of the Ministry of Public Health, together with experts from Tourism, Immigration and Foreign Affairs, Customs and Aeronautics .

The mandatory use of the nasobuco and the disinfection of the hands, the taking of the temperature with scanners and digital thermometers, both at the entrance and at the exit of the building, in addition to the announced PCR test, are some of the basic requirements, according to Escobar Pino.

“The manager added that, if someone has suspicions of fever or other symptoms, they are isolated in a room equipped for that purpose, for later evaluation and referral to a hospital unit,” indicates Cubadebate.

Before the border closure last March and the adoption of distancing measures, the airport in this central eastern city received about thirty weekly flights. The traffic was affected at the end of 2019 when Donald Trump disavowed the arrival of flights from the United States.

At the moment, the Agramontina air station links the island with different cities in Mexico, Canada, Russia, Haiti and Suriname.

According to Cubadebate: «All airport personnel who participated in the flight operation had the individual means of protection established. Social distancing was maintained, using the markings on the floors of the salons and the separator tapes to organize the flow of passengers. Passenger temperatures were taken at the entrance and exit of the lounges ».

At the moment, only provincial airports with international flights have received authorization to restart their flights, however a date has not been set for the José Martí International Airport in Havana to resume its normal operations.

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