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Lufthansa may introduce COVID tests on international flights

09:54, 28 December 2020
Lufthansa may introduce COVID tests on international flights Photo: Sergey Bulkin/NEWS.ru

Lufthansa may soon introduce coronavirus testing for passengers on intercontinental flights, or they will have to provide a negative COVID-19 test, or proof of a vaccine, Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr told the Welt am Sonntag newspaper.

Every passenger on intercontinental flights on certain routes will either pass a test or be vaccinated, Spohr said, DW reports.

I assume that in the future, every passenger on certain intercontinental routes is either tested or vaccinated, he said.

In the first phase, Lufthansa will increase the number of routes that employ rapid COVID-19 tests, Spohr said.

In the second phase, there will probably be an option between a test or proof of vaccination, he said, adding that a vaccine certificate would become superfluous once the requisite level of immunity had been achieved.

Despite hopes that a recently-begun global vaccine campaign will help to bring the pandemic under control, Spohr wasn’t optimistic that air travel would return to pre-COVID numbers in the coming years.

NEWS.ru earlier reported that Germany agreed on the Lufthansa rescue package worth 9 billion euros.