Hawaiian, United Airlines to Offer Drive-Through Pre-Travel COVID-19 Tests

Hawaiian, United Airlines to Offer Drive-Through Pre-Travel COVID-19 Tests

United Airlines became the first USA airline to launch a rapid coronavirus testing program for travelers, the company said in a statement.

"Our new COVID testing program is another way we are helping customers meet their destinations' entry requirements, safely and conveniently", said Toby Enqvist, chief customer officer at United Airlines, in a statement. If the pilot program is successful, United says it hopes to expand preflight testing to other airports across the country. All arriving passengers, adults and children, will be required to take a test prior to their arrival in Hawai'i.

United Airlines has been working with Hawaiian authorities to ensure that the COVID-19 test being administered will be accepted in place of 14 days of quarantine. United has previously worked with GoHealth to test its global flight crews.

15, people headed to the airport will have the option of getting their test done ahead of time or waiting until the last minute-either by completing a self-collected, mail-in test before their trip or taking a rapid COVID-19 test at SFO.

"We'll look to quickly expand customer testing to other destinations and USA airports later this year to complement our state-of-the-art cleaning and safety measures that include a mandatory mask policy, antimicrobial and electrostatic spraying and our hospital-grade HEPA air filtration systems", said Toby Enqvist, United's chief customer officer. Customers can schedule their visits online in advance for the on-site testing facility that is located at the worldwide terminal and will receive their results in approximately 15 minutes, according to the airline. GoHealth Urgent Care's dedicated COVID-19 testing area will be available from 9 a.m.to 6 p.m. PT daily. Travel bans have been enacted to try and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The rapid test, with results available in about 15 minutes, will cost $250 and the mail-in test $80.

Hawaiian's initial labs will be operational near Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO) International airports, with more testing locations coming soon at its other U.S. mainland gateways. "We're grateful to the state of Hawai'i for its partnership in developing the pre-travel testing program". The routes on which the testing will be offered hasn't yet been determined, but many will likely be to the United States.

The airlines have also been calling on government officials in the USA and the European Union to establish a joint coronavirus testing program to kick-start global air travel, but no such agreement on testing protocols has been reached.

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