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The Japanese low-cost carrier Peach Aviation will soon start offering free coronavirus testing. The program will begin next week and continue until the end of March.
Free of charge polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests will be available for passengers ahead of domestic flights from Kansai and Narita international airports between February 21 and March 31. The kit will be sent to passengers in advance to make sure they head to the airport only if the test result is negative. After collecting saliva with the test kit, passengers will have to send it back to the company up to three days before they are scheduled to fly and wait for the result, which they will receive via email.
“We’d like to guarantee that our flights are safe and strive to revitalize regional economies,” Peach Aviation’s representative commented.
The persisting coronavirus pandemic has caused multiple cuts to flight schedules, but Peach Aviation has created this scheme to enhance passengers’ safety and promote travel demand.
Peach Aviation was founded in 2011, and since then, it has grown to serve 19 destinations across Japan and other Asian regions. With 33 Airbus A320s in its fleet, the airline is looking to expand it further, adding longer-range Airbus A321LR at some point.