Lufthansa preparing 'air bridge' to
supply Germany through epidemic
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[March 17, 2020]
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's largest
airline, Lufthansa <LHAG.DE>, is working with the government to prepare
an "air bridge" to ensure that necessary goods would continue to arrive
in Germany during the coronavirus epidemic, the airline's boss said on
Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Executive Board and Chief Executive
Officer of Deutsche Lufthansa AG attends the Europe Aviation Summit in
Brussels, Belgium March 3, 2020. REUTERS/Johanna Geron/File Photo
Lufthansa chief Carsten Spohr told Bild newspaper that the
airline was preparing to deploy its 747 and Lufthansa Cargo
fleets to that end, and was working on revised crew schedules to
ensure adequate staffing.
"Lufthansa will do everything in its power to ensure the supply
chains supplying the population of Germany can be maintained by
air," he said. "We are working very hard on an air bridge for
the whole of Germany."
The original "air bridge" was the 1948-1949 operation by the
Western allies to provide supplies to the West German exclave of
West Berlin after Soviet forces blockaded the city, located deep
in the heart of the then East Germany.
(Reporting by Thomas Escritt; Editing by Michelle Martin)
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