• Joe Breitfeller

American Airlines Launches Preflight Testing to More Destinations in the Caribbean and Latin America

American Airlines announced on Monday an expansion of their preflight COVID-19 testing program with the addition of new destinations in the Caribbean, Latin America and Hawaii. The carrier will now offer more preflight testing than any other U.S. airline.


American Airlines Announces Expansion of Preflight COVID-19 Testing - Courtesy American Airlines

On Monday (November 2, 2020), American Airlines announced an expansion of their preflight COVID-19 program for guests traveling to the Caribbean, Latin America and Hawai’i. The carrier is now offering more preflight testing options than any other U.S. airline, further opening the world to safe travel. Starting in November, American Airlines will open preflight testing for guests traveling to Belize, Grenada, St. Lucia and the Hawai’ian Islands. In Monday’s announcement, American Airlines’ President, Robert Isom, said,


“Our initial preflight testing has performed remarkably well, including terrific customer feedback about the ease and availability of testing options. This next phase is an invigorating step forward in American’s relentless pursuit of reopening international travel and driving industry recovery while delivering a safe and positive travel experience.”


From November 16, 2020, American Airlines will expand their partnership with ‘LetsGetChecked,’ an at-home virtual testing option by a medical professional to expand PCR testing for guests traveling to Belize (BZE), Grenada (GND) and St. Lucia (UVF) with results in as few as 48 hours. For Belize, customers six years of age and older must complete PCR testing within 72 hours of departure, while travelers to Grenada and St. Lucia must complete their tests seven days before departure. American Airlines’ customers traveling to St. Lucia cannot board a flight without a negative test and pre-flight registration with the St. Lucian government is mandatory. Visitors to St. Lucia should visit the Government’s website at stlucia.org for travel restrictions and quarantine requirements.


American Airlines is currently operating service to Belize, Grenada and St. Lucia from their Miami, Florida (U.S.) hub. Later this month, the carrier will launch additional service from Chicago (ORD) to St. Lucia and in December will increase frequencies to Belize from Miami (MIA), Charlotte (CLT) and Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW). The carrier will also increase frequencies in December from Grenada to Miami and Charlotte, as well as to St. Lucia from Miami, Charlotte, Chicago and Philadelphia.


After a successful pilot test, the airline is also expanding their preflight testing program for guests traveling from the U.S. mainland to Hawai’i. Starting today, customers traveling to the ‘Aloha State’ from Chicago, Los Angeles and Phoenix can also use the ‘LetsGetChecked’ preflight testing program. As previously reported, testing must be completed within 72 hours of the final leg of departure for customers traveling to Hawai’i. Travelers who present a negative PCR test can enjoy the many splendors of Hawai’i immediately and will be exempt from the state’s mandatory 14-day quarantine.


American Airlines’ purpose is to “care for people on life’s journey.” Shares in the American Airlines Group, Inc., trade on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol AAL and the company’s stock is included in the S&P 500.


Source: American Airlines