Spain: Planes grounded and roads empty in Madrid due to coronavirus outbreak

Adolfo Suarez Airport in Madrid-Barajas could be seen deserted on Thursday due to the reduction in traffic caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Footage shows planes from different companies grounded on the runway, as well as empty access roads to the airport. Air traffic has been reduced in recent days due to the increase of countries that do not accept flights from Spain. Another reason has... Еще been the application of the Temporary Employment Regulation Files (ERTE) applied by companies such as Iberia, which on Thursday presented a three-month ERTE that will affect up to 13,900 employees of the company's 16,500 workers. The application of the ERTE means that employees will be laid off temporarily, receive partial compensation, and the employer is obligated to rehire the employees at the end of the period. The Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda Jose Luis Abalos said that they will not close the airspace «for the time being» at a press conference on Thursday. Spain is currently the third country in the world by number of cases of coronavirus, behind China and Italy, with 19,980 and 1,002 deaths so far.
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