Delta is expanding its quarantine-free services next month with the initiative launching on flights from New York JFK to Rome Fiumicino and Milan Malpensa. The airline launched its first quarantine-free flights last year between Atlanta and Amsterdam/Rome in conjunction with KLM and Alitalia.
Travellers will be able to avoid the mandatory 14-quarantine period on arrival in Italy after participating in a “rigorous testing protocol before and after travel.” Passengers wishing to travel on the quarantine-free service must produce three negative test results under the following programme:
- A PCR test taken up to 72 hours before departure
- A rapid test administered at New York JFK before boarding
- A rapid test administered at Rome Fiumicino or Milan Malpensa on arrival
The quarantine-free flight between JFK and Rome will launch on 1st April whereas the Rome to Milan service will start on 2nd April. Delta have announced the new scheme will be available to passengers permitted to travel to Italy for essential reasons including for health, study or work reasons.
Delta’s EVP commented:
“A year after air travel stalled to levels not seen in living memory, these Covid-tested, quarantine-free flights provide a real boost to the aviation industry. We are starting to see more global vaccination programmes but until they become more widespread, corridor flights like this can help keep our customers and crew safer when they fly.”