Delta Air Lines is spearheading a first of ots kind quarantine-free transatlantic testing program to mainland Europe.
In collaboration with Aeroporti di Roma and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Delta will offer testing that will allow quarantine-free entry into Italy.
Delta is working with the Mayo Clinic on the pre-travel program out of the US.
The Mayo Clinic will review and assess customer testing protocols.
“Based on the modeling we have conducted, when testing protocols are combined with multiple layers of protection, including mask requirements, we can predict that the risk of Covid-19 infection – on a flight that is 60% full – should be nearly one in a million,” said Henry Ting, Chief Value Officer, Mayo Clinic.
To fly on Delta between Atlanta and Rome, customers require a negative PCR test taken up to 72 hours before departure, a further rapid test taken on the day of departure at Atlanta Airport and another rapid test on arrival in Rome.
“The State of Georgia and the Italian Government have demonstrated leadership in testing protocols and practices that can safely reopen international travel without quarantine requirements,” said Steve Sear, Delta President – International.
The airline is awaiting a decree expected to be issued soon by the government of Italy before the program launches.