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Could Airport testing save Airlines?

The Government continue to implement a two week quarantine rule for travellers entering the UK as the second wave maintains momentum across the nation.

However, Heathrow, one of the main airports in the UK, have begun testing passengers for coronavirus on some flight routes. Some countries such as Ireland offer a choice of a two week quarantine or a Covid-19 test. 

Could introducing testing on arrival from abroad encourage holiday makers to continue travelling once lockdown restrictions end? This not only could save airlines, but could help boost the UK economy and contribute to its recovery. Although testing on arrival into the UK would help travellers avoid a quarantine, there are questions as to whether it would be as successful as isolating. It takes a number of days for the virus to reach a detectable rate and, therefore, there is a possibility that some cases could be missed through the testing scheme.

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