Oneworld, SkyTeam, and Star Alliance Outline Industry Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

By Paul Riegler on 10 July 2020
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A Copa Airlines aircraft in Star Alliance livery

The world’s three largest airline alliances – oneworld, Sky Team, and Star Alliance – announced a unified response to the coronavirus pandemic in conjunction with the 58 airlines they represent.

“With the additional health and well-being measures that have been implemented by our member airlines, and across the industry, customers can embark on their travel with confidence,” said Rob Gurney, the CEO of the oneworld alliance.

The three alliances said Thursday that their member airlines would require passengers and airline staff to wear face masks both at the airport and on board flights, and that they will remain consistent with applicable public health guidelines. They promise that all passengers will encourage a safe airport environment with physical distance as well as “increased and intensified” sanitation with a focus on high-touch areas both on the ground and in the air.

Finally, all aircraft will use hospital-grade high-efficiency participate air or HEPA air filters that extract 99.99% of particles and airborne contaminants.

“Passengers can be assured that when they travel many actions have been taken to enhance their personal safety in the airport, and the air,” said Kristin Colvile, the CEO of SkyTeam.

Among members of the oneworld alliance are American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Japan Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, and S7 Airlines, while the membership list of SkyTeam includes Aeroflot, Aeromexico, Air France, Delta Air Lines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, and Korean Air.  Star Alliance members include Air Canada, Air China, Austrian Airlines, Copa Airlines, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, and Swiss International Air Line.

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