Travel latest news: Britons face Covid testing hurdles for Spain holidays
United Airlines passengers arriving on a flight from Newark Liberty Airport in the US to London Heathrow today were the first to experience the airline’s free transatlantic Covid-19 testing pilot programme.
The airline provided rapid tests to every passenger over two years old and all crew members on board, free of charge, meaning everyone over two on the flight tested negative prior to departure.
“These flights are a good proof-of-concept for governments around the world that are considering making testing part of the travel experience,” said Toby Enqvist, chief customer officer for United.
The rapid Covid-19 test was offered onsite at Newark, at a testing facility located at the Newark United Club. It will continue to be used with passengers travelling on United Flight 14, departing at 7:15pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for the next four weeks.
Customers booking these flights will have the option to confirm their willingness to participate in the trial or choose another flight. All customers are still subject to current UK entry requirements, including the 14-day quarantine.
CNN’s Richard Quest was among those on the flight.