Despite EU recommendations, masks are still mandatory on planes to and from Austria.
The vacation season is just around the corner, and just in time for the big travel wave, the EU relaxed the covid regulations for air passengers. Since Monday, mask-wearing can be dispensed at all airports and onboard aircraft. But really, on all planes? Whether or not a mask must be worn on the plane is not dictated by an airline but rather depends on national and official regulations. So what does this mean in practice?
According to an article published by “krone.at”, Austrian Airlines said that the relaxation of the mask requirement is an EU recommendation that must be reflected in a national regulation in Austria.
According to the currently valid Austrian regulation, therefore, the mandatory wearing of an FFP2 mask still applies. In addition to Austria, the mask requirement also continues to apply in major tourist destinations such as Germany, Spain, Greece, Portugal, and Italy. The head of AUA’s parent company Lufthansa, Carsten Spohr, recently expected the mandatory wearing of masks in the air to be phased out soon.
- source: krone.at/picture: pixabay.com
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