Italy to launch first Europe-US ‘virus-free’ flights

ROME (AFP) – Italy is to offer Europe’s first coronavirus-free corridor with the United States (US) for passengers who have tested negative for Covid-19, scrapping the obligation for new arrivals to quarantine.

Rome’s Fiumicino airport said yesterday it had sealed a deal with Italian airline Alitalia and Delta Air Lines of the US for the special flights between selected North American cities and the Italian capital from next month.

Similar corridors will also be trialed between Rome and the German cities of Munich and Frankfurt, it said. The move follows the launch in September of virus-free domestic flights between Rome and financial capital Milan.

File photo of Rome’s Fiumicino airport. PHOTO: AP