Portugal and United Kingdom negotiate tourist air corridor for summer


The United Kingdom and Portugal - and the Algarve in particular - can be connected during the summer, through a tourist air corridor, which is being negotiated by the governments of the two countries.

The possibility was raised last Tuesday, by the English newspaper The Sun and, this Saturday, the Jornal de Notícias said that negotiations are taking place.

The Sun explained that Grant Shapps, British Secretary of Transport, on the same day that he announced that from June, there will be a mandatory 14-day quarantine for those arriving in the UK, lifting the possibility of creating "something like air bridges, allowing people from other regions and countries who have low levels of virus infection, to come to the country ».

Now, the newspaper The Sun emphasizes that «Portugal has been considered a model country in its response to the coronavirus crisis» and that Algarve has 361 cases, this is an open possibility.

João Fernandes president of the Algarve Tourism Region, quoted by the English newspaper said that "there is a large British community living in the Algarve eager to bring their family and friends, as they usually do every year. So it would be very good news and an opportunity for them to do so ».

Good news that may even come true since according to this Saturday's edition of Jornal de Notícias, the Portuguese Government is negotiating with the British Government the creation of bilateral tourism corridors.

According to JN who cites a source in the cabinet of Augusto Santos Silva, Minister of Foreign Affairs the Government "is convinced that it will be possible to agree on a solution that will ensure these interests, in particular with a view to the next summer period".