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BUSINESS NEWS


A United Airlines passenger takes part in a Covid-19 testing trial by the airline at New York Newark before departure to Heathrow this week


Testing regime from next month moves step closer


Scheme awaits go-ahead but could permit some Christmas travel. By Ian Taylor A senior industry source told


The government travel taskforce will recommend a scheme to ‘test and release’ arrivals from quarantine after seven days, Travel Weekly understands, and aims to have the regime in place from mid- December – lockdown-permitting. That would unlock some demand


for Christmas, but not trigger a large- scale recovery – with easyJet reporting on Tuesday it plans to operate no more than 20% of capacity between now and December 31 regardless of what the government decides.


40 19 NOVEMBER 2020


Travel Weekly: “Travel at Christmas is absolutely feasible if we come out of lockdown. We still have the travel corridors. Dubai and Doha have been added and they’re two big markets. We also anticipate the Canary Islands being open. “But we don’t know how release


from quarantine after seven days will impact demand. No one has ever modelled this.” The source said: “Where testing


will be done has still to be determined. travelweekly.co.uk


Not every airport will do it. Some won’t have the space. One option is passengers do it themselves and post off the swabs and have a call centre talk them through it.” EasyJet chief executive Johan


Lundgren detailed the carrier’s capacity plans as he reported a loss of £1.27 billion for the 12 months to September, saying: “We retain the ability to ramp up operations when


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