Lufthansa to prepare ‘air bridge’ for supplies to Germany during COVID-19 pandemic
Mar 18, 2020: German airline, Lufthansa, 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, according to a Reuters report.
Lufthansa chief Carsten Spohr told Bild newspaper that the airline was preparing to deploy its 747 and Lufthansa Cargo fleet 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 built during 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.