Alitalia to Launch COVID Tested Flights Between Rome and New York
Starting Tuesday December 8th, in cooperation with Airports of Rome, all passengers traveling on one of Alitalia’s three weekly flights to and from New York must present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours prior to the flight.
On Friday (December 4, 2020), Alitalia announced the launch of COVID tested flights starting Tuesday December 8th, 2020. All passengers traveling to or from New York on one of the carrier’s three weekly flights between Rome and New York must present a negative COVID-19 test result within 48 hours prior to departure. As an alternative, passengers booked on the tested flights can receive a rapid antigen test at the airport before boarding. Alitalia guests departing New York will be required to take an additional antigen test upon arrival at Rome-Fiumicino to be exempt from mandatory quarantine requirements. Customers traveling on COVID-tested flights must wear a mask throughout their journey which should be replaced every four hours. Additionally, they will be required to complete a self-certification declaring they have not been in close contact with anyone affected by the virus.
The new travel protocol is the result of an ordinance of the Italian Minister of Health issued on November 23rd in cooperation with the Italian Minister of Infrastructure and Transport and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. These protocols will remain in place until February 15, 2021, unless the program is extended. The new COVID tested flights are an expansion of the initiative implemented by Alitalia and Aeroporti di Roma launched on September 16th for flights between Rome and Milan.
All Alitalia aircraft are sanitized with high-powered sanitizing products daily and are fitted with operating theatre quality HEPA air filters that eliminate around 99.7 percent of airborne particulates, including virus clusters, as the air is refreshed every three minutes.