• Matt Esnayra

Hawaiian Airlines to offer COVID-19 testing to travelers from LAX & SFO

As Hawai'i begins loosening its coronavirus restrictions, Hawaiian Airlines announce they are offering passengers preflight access to coronavirus testing; the second airline to promote such an offer.

Why it matters: The airline industry has been battered throughout the pandemic with massive dropoffs in air travel. Some carriers such as Alaska, American, United, and Delta have announced they are cutting change fees to woo back passengers to fly again, as reported by WBUR.

How it works: Starting in mid-October, passengers traveling on Hawaiian Airlines will be offered drive-through polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing near Los Angeles and San Francisco international airports. Those who test negative will be able to bypass Hawai'i's 14-day quarantine upon arrival.

  • The coronavirus testing would cost $90 for results within 36 hours, or $150 for day-of-travel.

  • Hawaiian partnered with Worksite Labs to offer PCR testing, a nasal swab test that the FDA describes as a type of molecular COVID test.

  • On Thursday, United Airlines announced a similar program that would offer passengers COVID testing, but only between San Francisco and Hawaii, per The Washington Post.

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