Inside Ryanair’s first flight to Spain with toilet escorts, face masks and tears

Travelling abroad will be very different post-Covid, as the Mirror discovered when we boarded the 6.30am Ryanair flight from Manchester to Alicante.

Manchester, the third busiest airport in the UK, handling more than 29million passengers a year, was eerily quiet, with more staff than passengers.

All the bars, cafes and restaurants were closed and only one shop, Boots, was planning to open in Terminal 1.

The airport has imposed a strict face mask policy for all passengers and staff and hand sanitisers were placed throughout the terminal, although the ones we tried were empty and did not appear to have been filled.



Regular tannoy announcements reminded passengers to respect social distancing guidelines and to keep their face covered.

Throughout the two hour and twenty minute flight, all passengers and cabin crew wore masks and anyone needing the toilet had to summon a steward to be escorted to the loo, to stop people queuing in the aisle.

At Alicante airport strict social distancing measures were in place as passports were checked.

Anyone who let their face mask slip down was ordered to wear it correctly and rows of thermal cameras were trained on passengers to check for high temperatures.

Excited sun-seekers and expats joined the early morning flight from Manchester to Alicante.

Colleen Pitchford, 74, who retired and moved to Mazarron, Murcia, seven years ago, had flown back to the UK in early March to watch her beloved Liverpool play Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.

But five days later Spain was in lockdown and she could not return.

After more than three months away, she was in tears as she landed at Alicante.

She said: “I got the first available flight. I could not wait to get back home. I’m looking forward to having lunch later with a friend and a large glass of white wine in the sun.”

Regan Hall, 22, from Oldham, was planning an extended holiday.

“I’ve got a lot of mates who live in Spain and I’m looking forward to having a pint in a pub. Honestly I can’t wait” he said.

Spain only opened its borders to Brits on Saturday night.

But most passengers had booked their tickets days earlier, despite fears they would be turned back.

Danny Fitton, 22, from Accrington, Lancs, who is having a four day mini-break, said: “I was confident we would be Ok. You have to be prepared to take a risk.”

And Ange Gingell, 57, from Preston, said: “I booked as soon as the flight came available.

“I live by myself and lockdown has been quite stressful so I wanted to get away as soon as I could.”

Ryanair is providing flights to mainland Spain and its islands this week, with Easyjet due to follow suit from July 1.

source.



LuvNaughty | We're here to get you off LiL VAPE | Home of the vapour Latest Media News | Stay updated with us The Lazy Days | Procrastinate right