Luxair lifts mask mandate depending on destination

Luxair passengers to Luxembourg and a select number of countries won’t have to wear masks anymore. Photo: Shutterstock

Luxair passengers to Luxembourg and a select number of countries won’t have to wear masks anymore. Photo: Shutterstock

From 16 May, passengers on Luxair planes won’t have to wear masks anymore, if they are flying to Luxembourg or a destination that has decided to drop the mandate.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) this week issued a recommendation to further relax pandemic measures.

“Given the fact that air transport in Luxembourg is not subject to the rules applied to public transport, Luxair, as a company governed by private law, must first of all observe the international rules issued by the competent authorities in matters of aviation,” a Luxair press release on 13 May said.

For destinations such as Berlin, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Hungary, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Poland and Serbia, masks are not necessary, according to Luxair.

For Ireland, Croatia, Czechia, Finland and Romania, a chirurgical mask is recommended. For Munich, Malta, Hamburg, Cabo Verde, Greece, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Senegal, Turkey, and Italy, among others, the mask remains mandatory. 

This list is subject to change as more countries may choose to lift mandates. “Wearing a mask will no longer be compulsory on board Luxair flights to Luxembourg,” the airline said. 

Passengers will, as has been the case since the start of the pandemic, be informed of the measures to take for their destination through an updated website. The grand duchy’s airline however criticised the lack of a consistent approach to mask wearing on planes.

Luxair also confirmed that it continues to carry our air filtration on all its aircraft, which it guarantees is 99.99% efficient and renewed on average every 3 minutes. Passengers who wish to continue wearing protection are welcome to do so.