Amid persistent rumors, the COVID-19 restrictions are gradually being lifted. This due to the fact that active cases have dropped drastically to just over two dozen.
In lieu of the above, the CEO of Aruba airport announces that the airport is ready to receive commercial flights starting June 1st, 2020. He lays out plans to explain how the airport is going to increase movement until getting back to normal later this year.
The CEO’s declaration is welcome news, according to feedback expressed by locals and future visitors alike. The Prime Minister’s office meanwhile is pushing back on this information. According to the PM they have yet to announce their official decision.
The fact is that not all Caribbean islands have suspended inbound flights. Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, for example, seem to be operating. Those islands belong to the islands with the highest active cases. Whether there is a correlation between the inbound flights and the amount of positive cases on these islands is outside of the scope of this post, but it is noteworthy.
A recent study suggests that the first month after lifting the measures, tourism will be at 15% compared to pre-corona figures. This means that Aruba will probably receive only 2 out of the 10 flights it received previously.
The discussion about air travel in the current state of events is ongoing. Many speculate about the repercussions for tourism-related economies such as Aruba’s, but the fact is that we don’t know. No one really does knows.
A long time ago, I have referenced an article written in The New York Times by Susan Stellin with the title: Sure It’s Frustrating and Expensive, but Travelers Just Have to Travel. This is more prevalent today than it has ever been. The underlying story is that despite the situation people need to take a break. The ones who can, will.
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