Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen (Infrastructure) opened the door on Friday for KLM to avoid having to comply with the upcoming rapid test requirement.

The airline must provide a safe alternative, in consultation with the RIVM.

Earlier this week, KLM said it would have to cancel long-haul flights as a result of the rapid test requirement, whereby all passengers must be able to show a negative rapid test before departure to the Netherlands.

The airline is afraid, among other things, that they will have to leave crew members who test positive abroad.

The troubled airline hoped for an exceptional position as a result.

Van Nieuwenhuizen does not agree, but does give KLM the opportunity to come up with a safe alternative.

"I really leave it to KLM and RIVM. If they manage to find a safe way together, I am very happy with it," says the minister.

"But if it isn't, we can't take that risk."

Van Nieuwenhuizen emphasizes that KLM must hurry up with a safe alternative, because the rapid test requirement will start this weekend.

"But if KLM negotiates quickly enough, they might still be on time, I can't judge that."

KLM CEO Pieter Elbers claimed earlier this week that several safe alternatives could be devised, such as testing the crew before departure from Schiphol.