Trade could reopen soon

Airline operation is key to reopening

Trade could reopen soon 1As reported here last Saturday, the President of the Regional Government expects to reopen trade next week, but points out that this process “must be gradual”.  Miguel Albuquerque wass the first speaker at the first ‘Thinking the Future’ conference, organized by the Diario and also attended by the Mayor of Funchal, Miguel Silva Gouveia, the President of the Sousa Group, Luís Miguel de Sousa and the CEO of the Pestana Group, José Theotónio.

Miguel Albuquerque started by ensuring that the objective is to open commerce, as early as next week (May 4th, after the long weekend), but the reopening of tourist activities, which depend, above all, on the operation of the airport, is also under study.

The President of the Government informed that the ways in which hotel units will be opened are being studied, with rules for reducing occupancy, but, above all, the conditions that are being studied, worldwide, for the operation of airlines. This might be deemed to be stating the obvious?

Albuquerque considers it essential to ensure that people who travel are properly controlled with regard to COVID-19 infection. Madeira, he stresses, must remain a destination of quality but, “also, a destination with a low rate of infection”. The markets that emit tourism, a sector that represents €110 million per month for the Region, are conditioned and Albuquerque also highlights the importance of Madeirans betting on “holidays here”.

Shopping centres consulted

JM reports that the Vice President of the Regional Government, Pedro Calado, met today, in a videoconference, with the directors of the three largest shopping centres in the Region, Madeira Shopping, Forum Madeira and La Vie.

This meeting was also joined by the regional secretaries of Tourism, Eduardo Jesus, and the regional secretary of Economy, Rui Barreto, to discuss the conditions for a gradual and controlled lifting of the restrictions currently imposed and a possible reopening of some trade in early May as indicated above.


7 thoughts on “Trade could reopen soon”

  1. I agree. Airports need to have a new health and safety standard world wide for staff and passengers. Prices will go up, ABTA and other insurances will be rewriting the rules, as they made huge loses, Some airlines all ready looking in cutting number of staff. A lot of changes a head is in sight. Its a new world

  2. I think that Madeira is now virtually Covid 19 free with no new cases and it is a political decision as to whether to open the Island back up for tourists. We have been in isolation for 4 weeks and are virus free and have flights booked for 24th August to stay at our Pestana Time Share for 3 weeks. At present with no flights from the UK to Madeira, we are not hopeful of being able to come, but would be happy to be exposed to some sort of health check if that would allow us to visit and the airlines to restart operations.

  3. Viola,

    This is the latest from Jet2 website – but I wouldn’t take the date as guaranteed.

    Travel updates
    Last updated: 24 April 2020, 13:30

    Here’s our latest information and travel advice regarding the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.

    Due to the ongoing uncertainty caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we’ve decided to recommence our flights programme on 17 June 2020. If you’re travelling before this date, unfortunately, your booking will be affected as our flights won’t be operating.


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