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British Airways introduces Covid-19 testing as it readies for flight resumption

British Airways (LON:IAG) is to offer Covid-19 tests ahead of flights for £33 in an attempt to get people travelling again.

A deal has been struck between the airline and diagnostic kit group Qured ahead of a hoped resumption of air travel in Britain from mid-May.

Passengers will get the kit delivered to their home before they depart with the test carried out with video guidance, Reuters reported.

The result would be given in 20 minutes and the “fit to fly” certificate downloaded onto a customer’s phone.

BA said the deal for the government-approved antigen test kits would remove uncertainty for customers unsure of where to get a test when abroad.

The airline said the price is a discount to others and compares to more than £100 for some alternatives.

The UK government has laid out a roadmap for the country to come out Covid-19 restrictions by July, though uncertainty still surrounds the timing of a resumption in air travel.

Boris Johnson’s next scheduled update on the UK’s Covid-19 situation and how the plan is faring is due 12 April.

Airlines hope that update might see travel corridors re-introduced between Britain and some low-risk countries though this will still likely require a negative COVID-19 test before departure and returning back to the UK.

“As we look forward and prepare for a safe return to travel, we remain focused on finding and offering the most convenient and affordable testing options for our customers,” BA chief executive Sean Doyle said.

Only essential travel from the UK is allowed currently and those who do fly require three COVID-19 tests: one before departure, one on day two after arrival, and one on day eight.

People arriving in the UK must self-isolate for ten days.

Shares in IAG, which owns British Airways, rose by 1% to 219p.

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