London’s Heathrow Airport is hoping that on-site passenger COVID-19 testing will facilitate an opening of passenger travel between London and New York as early as November.
“I would love to have a New York–London pilot up and running by Thanksgiving. That seems entirely feasible,” Heathrow’s CEO John Holland-Kaye told U.K.-based industry publication Travel Weekly during a webcast on September 27.
On October 20, Heathrow officially launched rapid-result COVID-19 testing facilities in its T2 and T5 terminals following testing trials that started back in August. The facilities are initially being made available to passengers traveling to Hong Kong, where proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to flight departure is required. The tests being offered are rapid-result Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP) and Antigen tests.
The tests cost £80 (US$105) per passenger, and the results are available within one hour.
The airport is analyzing the testing process and sharing its findings with British government officials. The hope is that the testing could ultimately provide a safe alternative to the 14-day quarantine requirement currently in place for travelers arriving in the United Kingdom from numerous countries and territories, including from the United States.
https://www.afar.com/magazine/travel-between-new-york-and-london-could-resume-as-early-as-novemberHELP US SPREAD GOOD NEWS!
I run this site in my spare time and thoroughly enjoy giving you all positive news! If you’ve enjoyed the site we’d love for you to help me share the good news far and wide, share us on Reddit, your Facebook or your Twitter and spread a little positivity around.
ENJOY FEEL GOOD, INSPIRING STORIES AND VIDEOS ?
Our new page here is just what you need, with just good news, feel good stories unrelated to COVID.