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Lufthansa flies to Great Britain – and back empty

A new mutation of the coronavirus has appeared in the UK. That is why Germany has stopped air traffic from the country. Lufthansa has adjusted its flight schedule.

Lufthansa continues to fly passengers to Great Britain, but returns without travelers. Apart from the crew, the machines flew empty back to Germany, said a spokesman for the airline on Monday. Connections where the crew would have to stay overnight in Great Britain have been deleted.

After the appearance of a new variant of the corona virus, numerous countries have suspended air traffic from Great Britain for the time being. This includes Germany and most of the other EU countries, but also Norway, India, Hong Kong and Canada.

The Federal Association of the German Aviation Industry criticized the suspension of air traffic from Great Britain. “Without a uniform European regulation with the Schengen internal borders open at the same time, flight bans fail to achieve their goal of minimizing the risk of introduction of the new variant of the coronavirus,” said BDL Managing Director Matthias von Randow.

The new variant has already appeared in some European countries. In addition, there are numerous ways of circumventing the ban by changing connections via other countries. Compulsory tests at airports would help.

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