Minister: Coronavirus outbreak could shut down Greece’s airports too

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Minister: Coronavirus outbreak could shut down Greece’s airports tooMinister of State Giorgos Gerapetritis told SKAI TV that it was a measure to be considered at a “later stage”

While technically open – few airlines are still flying in the time of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, Greece’s airports may be shut down under a country-wide essential lockdown as well to help slow the spread of the illness.

Minister of State Giorgos Gerapetritis told SKAI TV that it was a measure to be considered at a “later stage,” without specifying what he meant and as he said, for now, the government is still trying to repatriate citizens trapped abroad when most air traffic stopped.

“Already 6,500 people from abroad are in quarantine. This is a burden on the system,” he said.

The otherwise teeming Venizelos International Airport in a northern Athens suburb is mostly empty during a time when it would be full of travelers and the stepped-up spring arrival of tourists who had been coming in record numbers for years.

Arrivals had been soaring and the government expected another banner year for the country and the airport, both now gone because of the virus, with regional airports also limited.

Read more at thenationalherald.com

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