FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD)- Fort Worth-based American Airlines has started offering rapid COVID-19 testing for passengers booked on flights from DFW Airport to Hawaii. At DFW, American flies to Honolulu and Maui.
Hawaii had been requiring visitors to self-quarantine for 14 days after their arrival on the islands. Starting Thursday, the Hawaii Department of Health will waive that requirement for visitors who have tested negative up to three days before their arrival.
Sean Donohue, chief executive officer at DFW, says rapid testing at the airport could help tourism and air travel begin to recover.
"Until there is widespread distribution of a vaccine, rapid COVID testing will be, in our opinion, a very important component of reassuring the public to be comfortable in traveling," Donohue says.
Donohue says overall traffic at DFW in August was down 50% from August, 2019. International traffic was down 80%. He says rapid testing at the airport could be expanded.
"That, in our opinion, is an important mechanism to continue to get people comfortable with traveling," he says. "We are going to continue to prioritize that, working with our partners, working with the airlines."
Rapid testing at DFW will be offered by CareNow. American Airlines says passengers can also get tested three days leading up to their departure at another CareNow location or through LetsGetChecked, which offers virtual visits and results within 48 hours.
Information about where passengers can be tested and international routes American plans pre-flight testing are available HERE.