British holidaymakers will be offered new Covid-19 testing options by airlines and tour operators in a bid to boost demand after lockdown.
EasyJet and EasyJet Holidays have partnered with two private testing firms to offer discounted tests to travellers.
Starting this week, its customers will be able to book home tests through for £75 with Confirm Testing (the usual price is £120) and £100 (reduced from £150) with City Doc. City Doc tests taken at a clinic will also be available to EasyJet passengers for £150, down from £200.
EasyJet chief executive Johan Lundgren said offering convenient test options, alongside the news that UK quarantine can be reduced with a negative test from December 15, is a key step towards travel getting back to normal.
“We continue to push for testing the efficacy of rapid testing technologies like antigen and Lamp testing which could be undertaken on departure at the airport and for further reducing quarantine, making it easier and less onerous for people to travel,” he added.
Virgin Atlantic has announced that it will also trial free pre-departure Covid tests to passengers on selected flights from Heathrow to Barbados, Antigua and Grenada, starting on December 9. All three destinations require visitors to present evidence of a negative test result; a number of EasyJet’s European destinations, such as Malta, also require testing.
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