September 25 2020  |  Airline & Terminal News

Hawaiian Airlines to offer pre-travel COVID tests starting mid-October

By Jane Hobson

Hawaiian Airlines has announced today that it is will offer drive-through COVID-19 tests in select U.S. mainland gateways that will allow guests to bypass the state of Hawaii quarantine, starting mid-October.

Hawaiian’s partnership with Worksite Labs will give guests exclusive access to drive-through PCR testing (US$90 for results within 36 hours, or US$150 for day-of-travel express service) from dedicated labs. Hawaii's hometown carrier expects to start offering the Droplet Digital PCR shallow nasal swab tests around October 15. Travelers who test negative within 72 hours of departure will be exempt from Hawaii's 14-day quarantine upon arrival.

Hawaiian’s initial labs will be operational near Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO) international airports, with more testing locations coming soon at its other U.S. mainland gateways.

In addition to offering its guests convenient testing, Hawaiian has implemented a health and safety program covering all aspects of their journey. Starting at check-in, guests must complete a health acknowledgment form indicating they are free of COVID-19 symptoms and will wear an adequate face mask or covering at the airport and during the flight. Guests 2 years of age and older who are unable to wear a face mask or covering due to a medical condition or disability must undergo a health screening to board.

Hawaiian’s “Keeping you Safe” enhanced cleaning includes frequent disinfecting of lobby areas, kiosks, and ticket counters, electrostatic aircraft cabin spraying, plexiglass barriers at staffed airport counters, and sanitizer wipe distribution to all guests. The carrier, which has been operating a reduced schedule since March due to the pandemic and resulting travel restrictions, will continue to leave 70 percent cabin capacity through October to allow for onboard distancing. All travelers arriving in Hawaii or flying between the islands must now also complete the state’s online Safe Travels Hawaii form.

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