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Iberia to help passengers get virus test before flight

Agence France-Presse
Iberia to help passengers get virus test before flight

Planes by Spain's flagship carrier Iberia are parked at the Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suarez Airport in Barajas on April 7, 2020. - Spain's daily coronavirus death rate shot up to 743 after falling for four straight days, lifting the total toll to 13,798, the health ministry said. The number of new infections in the world's second hardest-hit country after Italy also grew at a faster pace, rising 4.1 percent to 140,510, it added. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO / AFP)


Iberia passengers will be able to take a coronavirus test for 20% less than the 'market price,' after the airline signed an agreement with health services firm Quironprevencion

Spanish airline Iberia said Wednesday, October 14, it would offer its clients discounted COVID-19 tests before their flights, as a growing number of nations require incoming passengers to show a negative result to enter.

Under an agreement signed with health services firm Quironprevencion, Iberia passengers will be able to take a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) virus test at one of its clinics for 20% less than the “market price,” it said in a statement.

A standard PCR test, which provides results within 48 to 72 hours, costs between 130 euros ($150) and 240 euros in Spain, according to Spanish consumer association OCU.

Iberia said this will “facilitate the procedure for all those traveling to destinations requiring passengers to present a PCR test certificate carried out a few hours or days before the date of arrival.”

Iberia is part of International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG), alongside British Airways, Vueling, and Air Lingus.

Airlines have been hammered by the pandemic and are pressing governments to introduce alternatives to blanket travel restrictions that are still hampering a traffic recovery.

Air traffic is down 70% this year when compared to 2019, according to the sector’s main global body, the International Air Transport Association.

It has called for a reliable COVID-19 testing system for passengers to be put in place in order to give governments the “necessary confidence to open their borders” and allow passengers to feel comfortable booking flights. – Rappler.com

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