Virgin Atlantic collaboration with Heathrow Airport

UK Airlines

Airlines all over the world are taking new steps for the revival of travel. Other than travel bubbles and travel insurances offered airlines are taking steps for the betterment of their growth. This year the COVID-19 crisis almost killed the industry. Moreover, IATA ( International Airport Transport Association) shared the figures. The revenues dropped from $838 billion in 2019 to $328 billion. While the airlines cut costs by $365 billion. This decline was from $795 billion in 2019 to $430 billion in 2020.

Virgin joins the bandwagon

 Previously, American Airlines, British Airways, Delta, and United also launched testing trial programs. Now Virgin Atlantic has joined them. As the winter holiday season is approaching, many people want to travel again. The forecasted demand has led Virgin to make this decision. This means business with convenience for all.

Test details

The test will be free and quite swift. This service is available for passengers flying to Barbados or onwards to Antigua and Grenada.  This test begins on 9th December and will be a feature for the next six weeks.

The Collinson and Swissport Terminal 2 pre-departure testing facility will be used for conducting the tests. This service can be used before two hours of departure time. Moreover, the results are shared in thirty minutes.

The airline will inform the passengers scheduled on trial flgihts schedule.

Trials and benefits

Like the first wave, the purpose of these trials is to obtain real-world data. Also, in a way make the said flight more secure and safe for the passengers. This testing will pave the way, for the travel that the UK  may continue in December.

The latest independent analysis by Oxera and Edge Health advocate passenger testing more than the 14-day quarantine term.

Shai Weiss, chief executive of Virgin Atlantic, said: “The new UK test to release scheme is a vital first step in re-opening the skies. But we must now move rapidly towards a single test pre-departure regime, in order to ensure the survival of UK aviation and protect 500,000 jobs reliant on the sector.”

Meanwhile David Evans, Joint CEO at Collinson, commented:

“Airport testing is critical to getting the travel ecosystem moving again, which is why we opened the first and second UK pre-departure testing centers earlier this year.

Virgin Atlantic has plans of a second trial phase for selected inbound services from December 15.

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