(CMR) Antigua and Barbuda on Thursday (June 4) welcomed its first international flight to the island since the COVID-19 pandemic.
The American Airline flight from Miami arrived late Thursday evening and brought both nationals and visitors to the island.
The homecoming flight saw all arriving passengers clad in masks, which is a requirement for use on disembarkation and must be worn in public areas
Arriving passengers were all so subject to screenings, thermal checks as well as had to complete a health declaration form.
Prime Minister of the island Gaston Browne welcomed the return of international flights noting that citizens cannot live their lives hiding from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The PM's sentiments were shared by the Tourism Minister, Charles “Max” Fernandez who said that it was the first step to reviving the economy.
“Today we take our first steps to restoring and reviving our tourism economy as we open our borders to commercial, international travel,” said Fernandez.
Airports, hotels and attractions in the Island all have new cleaning policies in place, along with hand sanitizers, physical distancing requirements and other improvements to ease health concerns of travellers.