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Spirit Airlines airliners parked outside a hangar at Orlando International Airport on April 18, 2020, in Orlando, Florida. Phelan M. Ebnhak / AFP

The country’s director general of Immigration and Foreign Affairs, Ricardo Cocallon, said on Monday that El Salvador had imposed a fine on Spirit Airlines for boarding a passenger who had tested positive for Covid-19 PCR.

The flight was from Houston to San Salvador on Thursday.

Speaking to local media on Monday, Cocklone said Spirit was fined nearly $ 6,000.

I invite the airline to solve the problem. A $ 6,000 fine is not resolved. The issue is the risks to which countless people are exposed, Cocklone said.

About 58 passengers who traveled on the same flight have been notified as well as the country’s Ministry of Health – as it is up to them to determine the best way to contain the potential spread of the virus.

what happened: On Thursday, a Honduran national was allowed to board a flight from Houston, Texas to San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador, where immigration officials discovered that the passenger was allowed to travel with a positive PCR test result for Covid-19.

Spirit Airlines told CNN on Saturday that it is investigating how a passenger was able to get on the plane “despite having been examined” and that it will take appropriate measures. The airline confirmed that it has protocols in place to meet the requirements of each country they fly to.

El Salvador requires all passengers traveling to the country to present a negative PCR test that is performed within 72 hours before travel.

The country resumed international flights in September after shutting down for six months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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