SCHIPHOL (ANP) – KLM will still operate long-haul flights on Saturday. These include flights to the Netherlands Antilles, Canada, the United States, India and Mexico, according to the flight schedule on the Schiphol website.
KLM said on Friday it was still looking for a solution to the staff quick test issue. There is a feverish consultation, the airline said. “If this doesn’t lead to anything, it will be very difficult to continue longer flights,” a spokesperson said. “In this case, their own crew may have to stay and KLM refuses this from a good employment practice perspective.”
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The requirement for a negative rapid test does not apply to a number of safe countries and the Netherlands Antilles. Of these safe countries, KLM does not fly to a number of them, like Australia, New Zealand and Rwanda, but to countries like China, Thailand and South Korea. For all other destinations, it is still not certain that KLM can continue to fly there.
KLM is currently consulting RIVM regarding an exemption for rapid test crews for other regions. Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen (Infrastructure) had previously stated that exceptions are possible, provided they are safe.