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Spain: Country receives first commercial flight from Latin America since COVID restrictions eased03:02

Spain: Country receives first commercial flight from Latin America since COVID restrictions eased

Spain, Madrid
July 7, 2020 at 11:32 GMT -00:00 · Published

The first commercial flight from Latin America to Spain since coronavirus restrictions were eased landed at Madrid-Barajas airport on Tuesday morning, bringing in passengers from Uruguay.

Uruguay is the only Latin American country whose passenger flights are currently permitted to land in European Union countries.

The flight, operated by the Iberia carrier, ran without incident.

Maria del Rosario La Fonseca, a passenger aboard the plane, explained that “the check-in in Uruguay was very complicated, but later on the flight was fine. But, we were seated as we usually are on flights, I was surprised because I thought they were going to leave half empty seats or something like that.”

In a statement issued by the company, Iberia had said that "both the industry and the manufacturer Airbus have recently expressed that the blockage of the middle seat is a measure that is not necessary to provide for greater security, because the plane offers specific features that make the risk of contagion low.”

Uruguay has achieved comparatively low figures of coronavirus infections and deaths compared to other countries in the region. The EU put it on a list of 15 countries outside the bloc from which it considers 'safe' to receive visitors.

Spain: Country receives first commercial flight from Latin America since COVID restrictions eased03:02
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The first commercial flight from Latin America to Spain since coronavirus restrictions were eased landed at Madrid-Barajas airport on Tuesday morning, bringing in passengers from Uruguay.

Uruguay is the only Latin American country whose passenger flights are currently permitted to land in European Union countries.

The flight, operated by the Iberia carrier, ran without incident.

Maria del Rosario La Fonseca, a passenger aboard the plane, explained that “the check-in in Uruguay was very complicated, but later on the flight was fine. But, we were seated as we usually are on flights, I was surprised because I thought they were going to leave half empty seats or something like that.”

In a statement issued by the company, Iberia had said that "both the industry and the manufacturer Airbus have recently expressed that the blockage of the middle seat is a measure that is not necessary to provide for greater security, because the plane offers specific features that make the risk of contagion low.”

Uruguay has achieved comparatively low figures of coronavirus infections and deaths compared to other countries in the region. The EU put it on a list of 15 countries outside the bloc from which it considers 'safe' to receive visitors.

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