Wizz Air partners with COVID-19 testing firm for cheaper tests

FILE PHOTO: A Wizz Air Airbus A320 from Sofia, Bulgaria taxis to a gate after landing at Luton Airport after Wizz Air resumed flights today on some routes, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Luton, Britain, May 1, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Boyers

LONDON (Reuters) – Hungarian airline Wizz Air announced a COVID-19 testing partnership to allow its British passengers to take cheaper tests, as a negative coronavirus certificate starts to re-open travel markets.

Wizz Air, whose primary market is in eastern Europe but increasingly serves western Europe, said on Tuesday that its passengers could pay 85 pounds ($114) for a test before or after flying.

A negative test is a pre-requisite for some travel abroad and a rule change in England announced earlier on Tuesday means that a negative test after five days of quarantine means people do not need to spend 14 days in isolation.

That 85 pound cost is offered through a deal between the airline and partner, Confirm Testing, and is cheaper than the 110 pound cost without the Wizz discount.

Reporting by Sarah Young; editing by Michael Holden

source: reuters.com

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