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  • Joe Breitfeller

Delta Air Lines’ First COVID-Tested Flight Departs Atlanta

The airline launched their first COVID-tested flight between Atlanta and Amsterdam today, with tested flights to Rome starting Saturday, December 19th. After undergoing preflight testing, eligible customers can now travel without arrival quarantine requirements.

Delta Launches COVID-Free, Quarantine-Free Flights to Amsterdam and Rome - Courtesy Delta Air Lines

Today (December 15, 2020), Delta Air Lines announced the launch of their first COVID-tested flight between Atlanta and Amsterdam. After undergoing preflight COVID-19 testing protocols, customers can avoid mandatory quarantine requirements upon arrival. The carrier is also launching three weekly COVID-tested flights between Atlanta and Rome from Saturday, December 19, 2020. Delta is the first U.S. carrier to offer COVID-tested, quarantine free flights to Europe, with the flights to Amsterdam operated in coordination with Delta’s transatlantic partner, KLM. Each carrier will offer two weekly frequencies, with a total of four weekly tested flights between Atlanta and Amsterdam.

In Tuesday’s announcement, Delta’s Senior Vice President – Alliances and International, Perry Cantarutti, said,

“Air travel is the backbone of the global economy. In normal times, it supports more than 87 million jobs and contributes to $3.5 trillion in GDP worldwide. The arrival of a vaccine is fantastic news, but it will take time for it to become widely available around the world. It’s for this reason we have worked tirelessly with the authorities and our partners to create a blueprint for travel corridors that will enable air travel to safely resume.”

COVID-tested flights are clearly identified during the booking process and the trial programs will be available to all citizens permitted to travel to the Netherlands or Italy for essential work, health and education purposes. Guests transiting vis Amsterdam to other countries will still be required to follow entry requirements and any final destination mandatory quarantine protocols.

Delta customers traveling to Amsterdam must test negative from a PCR test taken five days before arrival in Amsterdam as well as a negative rapid test before boarding at Atlanta Airport. A second PCR test will then be conducted at Amsterdam-Schiphol and once a negative result is received, customers will be exempted from quarantine. Customers traveling to Rome must obtain a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure from Atlanta as well as a negative rapid test before boarding. Upon arrival at Rome-Fiumicino, customers will take a second rapid test and if the result is negative, they will not be required to quarantine. Both airport tests are included in the price of the ticket.

Source: Delta Air Lines

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