Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Lufthansa Group to allow flying without mask only with medical certificate & negative Covid-19 test

New Delhi: Airlines are now trying to woo back passengers as the pandemic has dealt a body blow to the travel industry. From September 1, Lufthansa Group passengers with a negative Covid-19 report from a test done within 48 hours of undertaking the journey and those with medical certificate can seek exemption from the mandatory rule of wearing masks on flights.

While, Virgin Atlantic has decided to provide complimentary Covid-19 global insurance cover for all existing and new bookings, travelling from August 24, 2020, until 31 March 2021. Lufthansa operates to India under the air bubbles created with Germany and Virgin Atlantic will do so from next month under the arrangement with UK.

“From September 1, 2020, an exemption from the obligation to wear a mask during the flight for medical reasons will only be possible if a medical certificate is presented on a form provided by the airline. Passengers can download the document from the airlines' websites. In addition, passengers who are unable to wear a mask during the flight must present a negative Covid-19 test, which is not older than 48 hours at the scheduled begin of the journey. This ensures maximum safety for the passengers travelling with them,” Lufthansa Group, which had introduced compulsory masks on board its flights this May and exceptions to this rule were previously only possible with a medical certificate, said in a statement on Monday.
24/08/20 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India
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