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Heathrow staff offer pre-flight coronavirus testing worth £ 80


Heathrow is kicking off a 20-minute COVID test for £ 80 at the airport in the hopes of reopening air traffic and reducing quarantine to a week by Christmas

  • Heathrow Airport is offering passengers £ 80 worth of pre-departure coronavirus testing
  • Transport Minister: Fast daily tests could lead to the end of the quarantine
  • The UK's quarantine period after the trip could be cut in half to seven days by December

Heathrow to offer passengers £ 80 worth of Covid testing prior to departure to kickstart the troubled aviation industry.

The news came when it was also revealed that the UK's quarantine period could be cut in half to seven days by December 1 after the trip.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps spoke at the airline's 2050 industry summit yesterday that quick daily tests could even end the quarantine.

New facilities in Terminals 2 and 5 are offering swab tests to travelers flying to countries where a negative test is required. The results are available in 20 minutes.

Heathrow is said to offer passengers £ 80 worth of pre-departure Covid testing to kickstart the troubled aviation industry. Pictured: Sister Natasha Owen, 33, gets ready to wipe down passengers arriving at T2's new test facility

Heathrow already has a testing facility for inbound travelers.

Although many countries have put pre-launch tests in place, Whitehall is putting more emphasis on establishing a test-and-release model that halves the quarantine time with a single test seven days after arrival.

This has been rejected by some aviation leaders, including new BA chief Sean Doyle, who fears a quarantine could stifle the economy.

Shai Weiss, head of Virgin Atlantic, said: “We urgently need a passenger test regime in the UK to safely replace the quarantine. As long as the 14-day quarantine persists, the demand for travel will not return. & # 39;

New facilities in Terminals 2 and 5 are offering swab tests to travelers flying to countries where a negative test is required. The results are available in 20 minutes. Heathrow already has a testing facility for inbound travelers (picture)

New facilities in Terminals 2 and 5 are offering swab tests to travelers flying to countries where a negative test is required. The results are available in 20 minutes. Heathrow already has a testing facility for inbound travelers (picture)

Whitehall is putting more emphasis on establishing a test-and-release model that cuts the quarantine time in half with a single test seven days after arrival

Whitehall is putting more emphasis on establishing a test-and-release model that cuts the quarantine time in half with a single test seven days after arrival

Mr Shapps said at yesterday's conference that officials are looking at a variety of options to encourage air travel.

He said, “We're talking to Homeland Security and others. We want to set up experiments.

& # 39; That could include a series of tests that could include pre-flight and post-flight quarantine – or ultimately no quarantine at all if the technology for a quick test is in place. But that requires international cooperation. & # 39;

The new test hangars at Heathrow were set up by the airlines Collinson and Swissport and are supported by British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Cathay Pacific.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told the conference yesterday that officials are considering a variety of options to encourage air travel

Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps told the conference yesterday that officials are considering a variety of options to encourage air travel

Although Heathrow has already set up a test hall for inbound travelers, these will be the first to offer tests before departure.

Italy and Hong Kong are among a growing number of places where arrivals are required to present a negative test certificate either before takeoff or shortly after landing.

Heathrow chief John Holland-Kaye warned the UK was "on the verge of an economic emergency", saying, "Many other countries are already using tests to protect their borders while resuming trade and travel."

New facilities in Terminals 2 and 5 are offering swab tests to travelers flying to countries where a negative test is required. The results are available in 20 minutes. Heathrow already has a testing facility for inbound travelers

New facilities in Terminals 2 and 5 are offering swab tests to travelers flying to countries where a negative test is required. The results are available in 20 minutes. Heathrow already has a testing facility for inbound travelers

& # 39; These facilities will make it easier for passengers traveling to these countries to get a test and have the potential to provide service to inbound passengers.

'Ultimately, we need a common international standard for pre-departure testing and we welcome the recent announcement by the UK government that it will take global leadership in establishing this standard.

"We will work with them to get this done as soon as possible so that we can protect both livelihood and life."

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