KLM Suspends All Long-Haul Flights Because Of COVID Restrictions
Following the news and updates around the COVID-19 pandemic, many airlines were forced to suspend or reduce their daily operations. We have the latest information from airlines and hotels all around the world. As the second wave of pandemic started hitting Europe we have seen countries introduce some stricter entry requirements. The government of the Netherlands announced stricter entry and transit requirements for everyone coming from high-risk countries. Because of these new requirements, KLM will suspend all long-haul and some short-haul flights.
New Netherlands Entry Requirements
The Netherlands announced much stricter entry requirements while they are in the process of vaccination. The Dutch government announced new international flight bans, increased testing measures, and a curfew for citizens which will stay in place until February at least.
From the official government announcement:
The aim of the new measures is to reduce the current infection rate, delay the spread of the original and new coronavirus variants and prevent the new variants’ entry into the Netherlands as much as possible. This will enable us to prevent these variants from gaining the upper hand for as long as possible. And that will help ensure that hospitals have sufficient room for COVID-19 patients in the months ahead and that regular medical procedures can continue as planned wherever possible. We don’t want to look back a few weeks from now and realise that we did not do enough.
The new international flight ban prohibits passenger flights coming from the UK, South Africa, or any nation in South America from entering the country. This new ban will officially be in place on January 22, 2021, and it will last for one month at least.
All passengers entering the Netherlands will now be required to undergo double testing. A negative result of a COVID-19 test performed no longer than 72 hours prior to departure is required to board a flight and an additional rapid COVID-19 test needs to be taken 4 hours before the flight. These new requirements affect transit passengers as well, making it impossible to follow. Because of this, the Dutch airline – KLM, is forced to suspend the majority of their flights.
KLM Suspends All Long-Haul Flights Because Of Covid Restrictions
The Dutch airline KLM will suspend all its international flights and some of the European routes starting January 22, 2021. The Dutch government announced much stricter entry requirements which forced KLM to make this decision. KLM is suspending 270 weekly international flights! Unfortunately, the airline also announced that because of this they will be forced to cut between 800 to 1000 jobs.
It is most likely that all connectivity with Amsterdam will be lost because of these requirements and a lot of airlines will be affected.