Blue sky thinking: Airlines pin hopes on rapid virus tests

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Thu, 2020-09-24 00:06

ZURICH: European airlines are pinning hopes on pre-flight coronavirus tests that deliver results as fast as pregnancy tests to help restore passengers’ confidence in taking to the skies in confined spaces with shared air.

Germany’s Lufthansa, at the mercy of government bailouts for survival, is in talks with Swiss drugmaker Roche over deploying so-called antigen tests, according to two people familiar with the discussions, as the airline aims to make them available next month.

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