French flag carrier Air France announced on Monday that masks will be mandatory on flights starting next week as France breaks its lock to fight the coronavirus epidemic.
May 11 will see the first relaxation of the lockout in France, but the government has made it clear that people will have to wear masks on public transport.
“In accordance with French instructions making it mandatory to wear a mask in public transport, Air France will ask its customers to wear a mask throughout their journey from May 11, 2020,” she said in a statement.
Passengers should provide their own masks, the airline said, adding they would be advised before flights “to make sure they have one or more masks for their trip.”
The airline said it would implement “physical distance” on board as much as possible and that “the current low load factors” currently facilitate this process.
“In cases where this is not possible, requiring that all passengers and crew wear masks ensures adequate health protection,” he added.
The airline industry is facing an unprecedented crisis as the pandemic causes a drop in world travel that can take years to reverse.
To ensure the survival of Air France, the government grants it a set of loans of seven billion euros – four billion euros of bank loans largely guaranteed by the state, and three billion euros of direct loans from the ‘State.
In return, the airline is committed to improving profitability and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The European Commission approved the loans on Monday.
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