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Korean Air passengers required to wear masks from Monday

Korean Air Lines Co., South Koreaโ€™s biggest airline, on Friday said it will require all passengers on domestic routes to wear masks on board from Monday.

Korean Air has joined its global peers, like United Airlines Inc. and American Airlines Inc., to adopt the rules requiring masks to stem the spread of the new coronavirus.

โ€œIt is obligatory for all passengers on domestic flights to wear masks beginning Monday.

โ€œThe company is considering applying the rules to international flights as well,โ€™โ€™ a company spokeswoman said over the phone.

Early this month, the International Air Transport Association, which represents global airlines, recommended the mandatory wearing of masks or face coverings on flights to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Korean Air plans to resume flights on 19 international routes in June as it strives to offset a sharp decline in passenger travel demand with an increased demand for cargo deliveries.

โ€œThe resumption is aimed at preparing for increased travel demand after countries ease their entry restrictions on incoming passengers to stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic,โ€™โ€™ the company said.

Its reopening routes include Washington, D.C., Seattle, Vancouver, Toronto, Frankfurt, Singapore, Beijing and Kuala Lumpur.

Asiana Airlines Inc., the countryโ€™s second-biggest carrier, said it does not currently apply the face mask rules to its passengers.

โ€œAsiana plans to restart flight services on 13 international routes, one to Seattle and 12 to Chinese cities, including Beijing and Shanghai, June 1.

โ€œWhile increasing the number of flights on six other routes to cities that include Frankfurt, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

โ€œThe decision is aimed at meeting business travel demand though leisure travel demand has yet to recover amid the virus fears,โ€™โ€™ the company said.

The countryโ€™s two full-service carriers have suspended over 90 per cent of flights on international routes since late March following country lockdowns and entry restrictions.

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