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Grenada To Re-Open International Airport On July 1

Grenada To Re-Open International Airport On July 1

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, June 16, 2020 (CMC) – The Grenada government announced, today, it will re-open the Maurice Bishop International Airport (MBIA) on July 1, as the country recovers from the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) that forced it to shut down its economy and borders, over the past three months.

“The date was agreed to, at Monday’s cabinet meeting. We believe that we have done a significant amount of education with the various stakeholder, about the new health protocol and, despite the risk, we believe that we are ready to welcome passengers,” said Tourism Minister, Clarice Modeste.

Modeste said that the plan right now is, to welcome both international and regional travellers.

“We are aware that a number of Grenadians are stuck in foreign lands, because of the measures, and so we announce the date, so that airlines can start offering the service. We are hoping that as many Grenadians as possible, will return home,” she added.

The authorities said that all incoming passengers will be screened and quarantined, some with more restrictions than others.

“Self-quarantine or shorter quarantine periods might be enforced for some, especially returning nationals, while visitors of leisure may be restricted to some places,” the Tourism Minister said.

Modeste downplayed reports that international airlines had been demanding government to re-commence service at the airport, saying tourism authorities have had mutual discussions with airlines.

“They kept up to date with the decision of the islands, especially the decisions that will be affecting the tourism sector. So now that we have given them a date, they can start the necessary arrangements, to start marketing the service,” she said.

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