All Italian airports will be able to reopen from June 3rd, after some were closed in March amid the country’s coronavirus shutdown.
“It will be possible to proceed with the reopening of all airports from June 3rd, when inter-regional and international transfers will again be allowed,” the country’s transport minister Paola De Micheli said on Wednesday.
This followed the Italian government’s announcement on Saturday that it would allow European Union tourists in from that date and cancel the compulsory quarantine for foreign visitors.
Italy, the first European country to be affected by the coronavirus pandemic, closed some airports, including Milan’s Linate airport, as its nationwide quarantine rules were tightened on March 12th.
Other airports could still operate but in a limited way, such as Rome’s Fiumicino, Milan’s Malpensa and the airports in Bologna, Palermo, Bari, and Turin.
Ciampino airport in Rome and Peretola in Florence, which were closed on March 13, have been allowed to reopen since May 4th.
The troubled Italian airline Alitalia also said on Wednesday that it would increase its flights by 36 percent in June compared with May.
Alitalia said that from June 2nd it would gradually resume its services between Rome and New York, and between Milan and southern Italy, as well as certain flights to Spain.