Airport trial will measure value of various Covid tests for passengers

The success of several Covid-19 pre-departure test methods will be measured by airlines involved in a pilot at Heathrow Airport.

The results of tests conducted by four of Heathrow’s transatlantic airlines – American Airlines, British Airways, United Airlines and Virgin Atlantic – will be brought together in the study commissioned by the airport. The findings will be used to demonstrate how pre-departure tests can be used for passengers on international routes.

The final report will be shared with governments on both sides of the Atlantic. Tests are free for airline passengers evaluating the value of PCR tests, LAMP and Lateral Flow Antigen devices.

The results will help industry and governments evaluate which pre-departure testing method is practical and safe enough to replace quarantine and other travel restrictions.

Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye said, “These tests will build on the government’s initial testing strategy and set a standard for a safer and more comprehensive approach to passenger testing, which we hope will return to travel as we once knew it. , will speed up.

“With Brexit imminent, we urgently need to find the most effective way to restore the UK’s trade network and enable safe global travel so that Britain remains competitive as it leaves the EU.

British Airways CEO Sean Doyle added: “Following welcome news last week that the government is reducing the traveler quarantine to five days, British Airways is delighted to be working closely with the team at Heathrow on trials between the US and London.

“We stand behind our colleagues at Heathrow and other UK airlines to ensure that we do everything we can together to get Britain and the economy back on track.”