United Airlines to Add New Flights and Routes to London as England Reopens

By Paul Riegler on 28 July 2021
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United bag drop stations at Heathrow’s Terminal 2, the Queen’s Terminal

Fresh on the heels of England’s announcement that it would open its borders to fully vaccinated travelers from the United States, United Airlines said it would increase its service across the pond to 40 flights per week.  It also announced a new partnership that will allow passengers to bring a self-administered coronavirus test with them on the trip that can be performed shortly before returning to the States.

The move includes adding a second flight from Washington, D.C. and increasing service from Houston to daily.  Pending approval, it also plans to introduce new non-stop service from Boston to London.

The new rules, which go into effect on August 2, only allow fully vaccinated passengers who have been inoculated with a vaccine approved in the United Kingdom. Proof of inoculation is required and a PCR test is required prior to departure as well as within two days of arrival.

Passengers can upload and store their vaccination records and coronavirus test results using the United app’s Travel-Ready Center.

United also announced a collaboration with Abbott that will allow travelers to bring Abbott’s BinaxNow coronavirus test with them and use the eMed digital proctor for observed sample collection and testing. The partnership provides the traveler with digitally verified test results.

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