SCHIPHOL (ANP) – KLM will fly long-haul flights on Saturday. This includes flights to the Netherlands Antilles, Canada, USA, India and Mexico, according to the flight schedule on Shipolin’s website.
On Friday, KLM said it was still finding a solution to the problem of rapid testing for employees. The airline said consultations were underway in February. “If that doesn’t lead to anything, it’s very difficult to continue long flights,” a spokesman said. “In that case, their own team would have to stay behind, and KLM denies it in view of good employment practices.”
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The need for a negative rapid test does not apply to many safe countries and the Netherlands Antilles. Of those safe countries, KLM does not fly to many countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Rwanda, but flies to countries such as China, Thailand and South Korea. Elsewhere, it’s not clear if KLM will continue to fly there.
KLM is now in talks with RIVM to exempt crews from expedited testing for other regions. Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuisen (infrastructure) had said exceptions were possible if it was already secure.
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