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American Airlines and British Airways are newest to supply preflight Covid checks to passengers

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American Airlines, British Airways and Oneworld, their alliance accomplice, later this month will provide Covid-19 testing for some passengers, the airways introduced Tuesday. It is the most recent effort to spur worldwide journey because the pandemic retains most vacationers at dwelling.

Starting Nov. 25, vacationers on sure London-bound flights from New York, Los Angeles and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport will have the ability to volunteer to take three Covid-19 checks as a part of the trial program: one at-home check earlier than departure, one upon arrival at London Heathrow and a 3rd check, shipped to the traveler after arrival.

Oneworld, which is funded by member airways together with American Airlines and British Airways, will cowl the prices of the checks.

Airlines are urging regulators to contemplate accepting adverse coronavirus checks as a substitute for journey bans or quarantine necessities which have pushed down air journey this 12 months. In the previous few weeks, a number of airways launched Covid-19 testing applications to assist drum up demand.

For instance, United Airlines on Monday began providing preflight coronavirus checks for passengers on a Newark-London Heathrow flight. And American provides preflight checks for St. Lucia, Grenada, and Belize-bound vacationers to satisfy native entry necessities.

Rob Gurney, CEO of the Oneworld alliance, mentioned whereas the carriers are attempting out a three-test system, in the end, they want a single adverse Covid check to serve “as an alternative for customers having to go into a quarantine environment.”

While such checks might finally assist vacationers get round quarantines or journey bans, vacationers can even weigh restrictions on sure actions as soon as they arrive and the numbers of instances at their vacation spot, mentioned Henry Harteveldt, president of Atmosphere Research Group, a travel-industry consulting agency.

“We don’t travel to sit around at airports and on airplanes,” he mentioned.


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