From the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, KLM has worked hard to maintain its global network as much as possible. This meant that customers could make the (necessary) trips and that freight flights, including shipments of medical supplies and vaccines, could continue. KLM now wishes to continue to offer its customers as many destinations as possible.
In a constantly changing world, KLM notes that more and more countries are making the vaccination of crews compulsory, or are considering such an approach. Trinidad and Tobago introduces a vaccination requirement for aircrew on October 16. Canada and other countries have also indicated that they plan to introduce a mandatory vaccination requirement for crews soon. In addition, a growing number of hotels where crews stay now expect to receive proof of vaccination.
KLM expects more countries to introduce a vaccination requirement in the near future, which means the airline will not be able to deploy unvaccinated crew to these destinations. This can also apply to routes over countries that have a vaccination requirement for crews. This is due to strict flight safety requirements, which require that it always be possible for a flight to change course and land in an emergency. For now, KLM will do its best to deploy crews with travel restrictions on flights to destinations that do not have entry requirements. But, as the number of countries requiring vaccination increases, the associated operational complications for KLM will also increase.
KLM will not require its staff to be vaccinated against Covid-19. It remains the personal choice of an employee. However, KLM needs to know which employees cannot meet certain entry requirements and who, therefore, cannot be deployed to all destinations. Employees to whom this applies have been asked to report to KLM Health Services, who will communicate the travel restriction to the KLM Planning Department.