EasyJet launches cut-price Covid-19 tests for travellers

EasyJet is offering passengers discounted coronavirus testing to increase the demand for air travel.

The Luton-based airline said it has signed a deal with two private testing companies to offer preferential fares to pilots.

Testing has become a requirement to access some of easyJet’s most popular destinations, such as Germany, Spain and Italy.

Starting December 15, people arriving in England from high-risk countries can end their quarantine early if they receive a negative test taken at least five days after landing.

EasyJet said customers can purchase a home test kit from Confirm Testing for £ 75 (retail price £ 119) or from CityDoc for £ 100 (retail price £ 185).

A clinic test is available through CityDoc for £ 150 (retail price £ 200).

Johan Lundgren, CEO of EasyJet, said: “I am very pleased to be able to offer our customers convenient testing options at cheaper rates than generally available on the market.

“This, coupled with the news that quarantine can be reduced with a negative test, is an important step towards normal travel.

“We will continue to insist on testing the effectiveness of rapid testing technologies such as antigen and lamp tests that can be performed at the airport on departure and to further reduce quarantine, making it easier and less stressful for people to travel.

“It is clear that testing will continue to be important in keeping people moving in the coming months, but eventually the vaccine will play a role in reducing this and bringing travel back to normal.

“Governments and industry need to work together to achieve this and we are ready to support where we can.”

EasyJet expects to fly no more than about 20% of its planned capacity for the remainder of the year and recently recorded its first annual loss in its history by plunging into the red at £ 1.27 billion.

A coronavirus testing facility opened Monday in Gatwick, offering testing to passengers and airport workers for £ 60 each and the general public for £ 99.