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Business News of Friday, 1 May 2020


Italian government to begin lockdown relaxation by reopening two airports

At least two Italian airports will be reopened on May 4th as the government begins to ease the lockdown relaxation that has been in place for nearly two months.

Airports Ciampino in Rome and Peretola in Florence have both been shut to passenger flights since March 13 to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

The two airports will now reopen on May 4 for passenger flights, the transport ministry said in a brief statement.

Ciampino is Rome’s secondary airport and is mostly used by low-cost carriers, while Peretola is Tuscany’s second-largest airport after Pisa.

Italy’s current coronavirus lockdown expires on May 4, when many restrictions remain but more people are expected to head back to work and travel within regions will be allowed under some circumstances.

Over a series of weeks, more businesses will be allowed to reopen.

The nationwide quarantine began on March 9.

The opening of the airports next week will allow for testing of a screening system for coronavirus, the ministry said, without elaborating.

Italy’s trains will also add new long-distance connections “in order to ensure minimum essential services,” it said.


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