KLM makes face masks a requirement on all flights

Schiphol during Corona Photo: Alex Nicholls-Lee

Dutch flag carrier KLM is making face masks compulsory of all flights from Monday May 11.

The airline said it is assuming passengers will make sure they have their own protection and that the requirement will run until August 31 at least. Masks were already compulsory on some flights.

‘KLM’s policy is based on national (RIVM) and international (WHO, IATA) guidelines, and complies with international law and regulations,’ the airline said. ‘In situations where social distancing cannot be guaranteed, the wearing of face masks will be recommended or made compulsory.’

The company said on Monday it is gradually starting up European services again, with one flight a day to Barcelona, Madrid, Rome, Milan, Budapest, Prague, Warsaw and Helsinki.

May’s planned flights are 15% of what they were before the virus, the company said.

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