United Airlines will provide free rapid COVID-19 rapid tests for certain travelers to London next month as officials try to resume travel between the United States and certain international destinations.
From November 16 to December 11, United Airlines will provide a quick test for each crew member and passenger over 2 years old on selected flights from Newark Liberty International Airport to London Heathrow Airport , This is part of its transatlantic test pilot program.
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US officials hope to start excursions in New York and London early in the holiday: report
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The airline stated that passengers who do not want to undergo the test will be arranged on another flight to ensure that everyone except children under the age of 2 will have a negative test result before departure.
United Airlines provides fast Covid-19 test to passengers
After reports that US officials were considering opening up travel between New York City and London, Manchester United’s plan began.
A source familiar with the matter told the Wall Street Journal that the increasing availability of COVID-19 testing has prompted officials from the Department of Transportation, Department of Homeland Security and other agencies to renew their efforts to establish safe travel corridors between the United States and international destinations. .
However, an American official familiar with the situation told the Wall Street Journal that both the Trump administration and foreign governments must agree to the plan.
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In addition, an official from the Department of Homeland Security previously told FOX Business that the agency’s work to “safely encourage transatlantic travel while reducing public health risks” is still in its early stages.
Manchester United’s plan marks the airline’s first major effort to deal with international quarantine restrictions, and the industry continues to be hit by the virus. The four major U.S. airlines-American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines-have lost at least $10 billion each quarter in the past two quarters alone.
However, as the holiday travel season approaches, airlines such as United Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines have begun testing certain passengers before boarding to help them manage quarantine regulations-avoiding quarantine altogether in some cases -In order to increase passenger demand.
The airline pointed out that for United’s test plan, passengers will be required to make an appointment for the test and the test time should be arranged at least three hours before the flight. The Newark United Club will have on-site testing facilities.
Lucas Manfredi of FOX Business and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
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