United Airlines launches the world's first transatlantic COVID-19 testing program

Posted at 6:49 AM, Oct 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-29 09:49:52-04

Newark, N.J. - United Airlines has announced the world's first free transatlantic COVID-19 testing pilot program for customers.

From November 11th from December From November `16th, the airline will offer free rapid tests to every passenger over 2 years old and crew members on board select flights from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) to London, Heathrow (LHR).

"We believe the ability to provide fast, same-day COVID-19 testing will play a vital role in safely reopening travel around the world and navigating quarantines and travel restrictions, particularly to key international destinations like London." said United.

United has seen a positive impact on travel demand and significant increases in customer load factors and revenue when testing options are available.

United will collaborate with Premise Health, who will administer the rapid testing pilot program for the transatlantic flight. The test will be given to passengers traveling on a specific United flight that departs at 7:15 p.m., Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Appointments for the test are required, and customers are advised to schedule their tests at least three hours before their flight.

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