KLM is restarting flights to eight European destinations and is making the wearing of face masks compulsory on all flights from 11 May.
Effective 4 May 2020, KLM will resume service – one daily flight, seven days a week – to the following destinations:
KLM is operating the flights with Embraer aircraft, the smallest aircraft in the fleet. KLM operate the Embraer 175 with a maximum of 88 passengers and the Embraer 190 with a maximum 100 passengers.
KLM says the new routes are designed to connect with as many flights as possible in the intercontinental network. Routes will gradually be reopened, but may change weekly, depending on measures being taken by the authorities at the destinations.
The airline plans to resume 15% of its flights, compared to the period before the Covid-19 outbreak, during May. A considerable number of the intercontinental flights are currently being operated on a cargo-only basis. Some carrying cargo not only in the belly, but on the passenger seats and in the baggage bins of the aircraft cabin.
Compulsory face masks on board
Starting 11 May masks will be compulsory on board and during boarding.
In view of the changing nature of regulations and legislation, until further notice, face masks will remain compulsory until 31 August 2020.
Passengers have to provide their own face masks. KLM haven’t yet said what the masks should look like or what will happen to passengers who don’t have one.
Refunds not given
KLM is continuing to break EU law by not giving passengers refunds for flights cancelled by KLM. Passengers are told to rebook or get a voucher – both with conditions. They openly ignore the law and are backed by the Dutch government.
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