At 4:20 pm, Cuban time, the inaugural flight arrived at the Juan Gualberto Gómez International Airport, which marked the beginning of tourism marketing with the English market for the current rising season. Coming from Manchester, United Kingdom, the Boeing of the German airline TUI touched Cuban soil with an approximate of 265 passengers on board, who upon arrival were subjected to the biosafety protocol and PCR tests in real time.
The doors of the Juan Gualberto Gómez were opened after six months of inactivity in its operations -since March 16-, which were used effectively in activities to optimize the installation and training of personnel in the face of the new normal. José Antonio García Manso, director of the facility, explained to the local press that 35 weekly flights will remain in operation.
The owner added that the TUI airline will fly on a weekly basis and its flow will increase gradually. He explained that as of October 31st, operations with the German airline Cóndor will begin and they hope to begin operating with the Canadian market in the first days of November of this year.
The first visitors to the English market boarded Transgaviota buses equipped with sanitary material, such as masks, alcoholic solutions and foot baths, previously informed by the staff of the Gaviotatours Agency regarding the rules of care to enjoy hygienic tourism like the one that is promotes 5-star excellence on the Island at the Iberostar Varadero, Royalton Hicacos and Playa Vista Azul hotels.
The pilot tests of PCR carried out during the training stage of the technical personnel endorsed the disposition of Juan Gualberto Gómez in the performance of this activity efficiently and without setbacks in the arrival maneuvers. García Manso said that the air facility is ready to receive large aircraft, with a capacity of up to 500 passengers.
Milagros González Trujillo, chief physician of the International Sanitary Control body, said that the thermometry in Customs and the temperature scaners activate as initial contact with visitors to rule out fever and possible viral loads or infectious diseases of the respiratory system, to which they are added 22 positions where technicians will take the PCR sample, which will increase depending on the air flow.
González Trujillo insisted on the need to speed up the sampling in order to acquire skills in this process, not without neglecting the precision and responsibility that it demands.
On the afternoon of October 24, an aircraft descended from Cancun, Mexico with 168 crew members. Some of the visitors agreed that the biosafety regulations distinguish Cuba from other destinations in the world.
Ronald Ferreiro Sera, shift manager of the International Sanitary Control, demonstrated the high preparation in the handling of biosafety protocols, which will improve with daily practice. He highlighted that the Juan Gualberto Gómez International Airport of Varadero has a considerable number of health personnel including doctors, epidemiologists and health technicians. He also recalled that national and international visitors have the right to free PCR coronavirus diagnoses upon arrival.