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could be set to roll out coronavirus-free flights as the country trials rapid swab testing at airport. The scheme is the first in Europe to do so. This is what you need to know.

PUBLISHED: 10:24, Fri, Sep 18, 2020 | UPDATED: 10:24, Fri, Sep 18, 2020

italy holidays rome airport covid test coronavirus news latest holidays: The quick 30-minute swab tests will ensure that all travellers are COVID-free (Image: Getty Images)

airport in is testing departing passengers for coronavirus. The quick 30-minute swab tests will ensure that all travellers are COVID-free before boarding. The initiative at ’s Fiumicino airport is currently just being trialled out on two of seven daily Alitalia services to Milan.

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Fiumicino Airport already offers rapid testing to passengers arriving from Greece, Spain, Malta and Croatia.

However, it is the first European airport to test departing passengers.

If the trial is successful then the scheme will be rolled out across other flights.

It is hoped this will give the struggling aviation industry the boost it needs.

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italy holidays rome airport covid test coronavirus news latest: Fiumicino Airport already offers rapid testing to passengers arriving from certain countries (Image: Getty Images)

The 30-minute tests will be administered free-of-charge to passengers to improve customer confidence, said Fiumicino’s management company ADR.

“On those flights you know the person next to you is negative,” Marco Troncone, ADR chief executive, told The Times.

“The rapid tests are now based on a nasal swab but saliva tests are coming in the future, making it as easy as going through the x-ray.”

Passengers who test negative will be able to board without a hitch.

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