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United Airlines Launches World’s First Free Transatlantic COVID-19 Testing Pilot

6th November 2020 - 2:05pm

Martina Migliarina (Country Sales Manager United Airlines)

Martina Migliarina (Country Sales Manager United Airlines)


Free testing guarantees all customers over 2 years old and crew on board have tested negative before departure. Three-times-weekly flights from New York/Newark to London start November 16, for four-week run testing programs lead to increases in customer load factors, revenue United Airlines recently announced the world’s first free transatlantic COVID-19 testing pilot program for customers.


From November 16 through December 11, the airline will offer 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 Airport (LHR), free of charge. Anyone who does not wish to be tested will be placed on another flight, guaranteeing everyone on board, other than children under two, will have tested negative before departure.


 “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 Toby Enqvist (Chief Customer Officer United). “Through this pilot program, we’ll guarantee that everyone on board has tested negative for COVID-19, adding another element to our layered approach to safety. United will continue to lead on testing, while at the same time exploring new solutions that contribute to the safest travel experience possible”.

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