KLM to make passenger face masks mandatory

4 May 2020 by Alex McWhirter
KLM aircraft parked at Amsterdam Schiphol (credit: Paul Ridderhof)

KLM has this afternoon announced that passengers will have to wear face masks effective May 11.

The new rule applies to all KLM flights across its network. It will apply when boarding the flight and whilst onboard.

The airline says that “passengers are responsible for providing their own masks.”

By contrast  Lufthansa told Business Traveller (in answer to a reader’s question) that it would set aside a limited number of face masks for emergencies.

What’s the situation before May 11? KLM says “In situations where social distancing cannot be guaranteed, the wearing of masks will be recommended or made compulsory. Some of KLM destinations already require face masks to be worn on board flights.”

Meanwhile KLM says it is adding service on several European routes effective today.

There is now one daily flight from Amsterdam to Barcelona, Madrid, Rome, Milan (Malpensa), Budapest, Prague, Warsaw and Helsinki.

Flights are being operated by Embraer aircraft, and KLM says more details will be provided in due course.

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