The results of a joint trial conducted by American Airlines, British Airways and the oneworld alliance show that a comprehensive COVID-19 testing program can help re-open international travel, safely.
This is underpinned by analysis from researchers at the University of Oxford who studied data on how passengers evaluate risk and comply with COVID-19 rules.
The study by the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), Trust, Testing and Travel, Technology Use, Traveller Knowledge and Compliance with COVID-19 Health Rules, analyzed aggregated survey data from almost 600 travelers who took part in the voluntary trial on select flights from the U.S. to London Heathrow (LHR), between November 2020 and March 2021. The trial offered three complimentary COVID-19 tests, taken throughout the transatlantic journey.
Customers participating in the trial, conducted in two phases, took an initial PCR test at 72 hours prior to departure; a second test (LAMP) upon arrival at London Heathrow (LHR);…