American Airlines is expanding its current preflight testing program to additional destinations, announcing preflight testing will be available for all American flights to Belize starting November. Further opening the world for customers who want to travel, especially to the Caribbean. The airline will now offer preflight testing options to more destinations than any other U.S. carrier; Grenada, St. Lucia and the Hawaiian Islands will also benefit from preflight testing this month.
“Our initial preflight testing has performed remarkably well, including terrific customer feedback about the ease and availability of testing options. This next phase is an invigorating step forward in American’s relentless pursuit of reopening international travel and driving industry recovery while delivering a safe and positive travel experience.”
– Robert Isom, President of American Airlines
While American Airlines currently arrives in Belize from Miami, direct flights from Charlotte, NC and Dallas-Ft. Worth plans to join AA’s roster for winter getaways, with Saturday service scheduled to commence on December 5. Additionally, travelers can enjoy non-stop direct flights from Los Angeles (LAX) to Belize as of January 9, 2021 with a Saturday-only service. Flying time from Miami is two hours, three hours from Dallas, three and a half from Charlotte, and five hours from Los Angeles; tickets are now available for purchase from AA.com. While all airfares are subject to availability or change, learn more about flying to Belize here.
Starting Nov. 16, American will expand its partnership with LetsGetChecked, a convenient at-home testing option that includes observation by a medical professional via virtual visit, to offer at-home PCR testing to customers traveling to Belize (BZE), Grenada (GND) and St. Lucia (UVF). Not to mention, results can be expected in 48 hours on average.
Testing requirements for each country currently include:
- Belize: Travelers 6 years old and up must complete PCR testing within 72 hours of departure.
- Grenada: Testing must be completed within 7 days prior to departure.
- St. Lucia: Travelers 5 years and older must complete testing within 7 days of departure. Customers cannot board flights to St. Lucia without presenting a negative test result. Pre-arrival registration is mandatory; customers should visit stlucia.org for the latest information on travel restrictions and quarantine requirements.
American is currently operating service to BZE, GND and UVF from its Miami (MIA) hub and later this month will also launch service to UVF from Chicago (ORD). In December, the carrier will increase its flying to all three markets with service from BZE to MIA, Charlotte (CLT) and Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW); from GND to MIA and CLT; and from UVF to MIA, CLT, ORD and Philadelphia (PHL). Starting November 16, you can take advantage of AA’s preflight testing to Belize. Learn more about getting to Belize here.
American’s Clean Commitment
American’s preflight testing program will serve as a key element of the airline’s Clean Commitment, a multifaceted approach to giving customers peace of mind when they travel. American has also launched a travel tool, powered by Sherpa, to make travel planning easier for customers who are eager to reconnect with the people and places that matter most.
LetsGetChecked is a direct-to-consumer at-home health testing and insights company. Offering an end-to-end model, LetsGetChecked’s Sure-track Test offers consumers an FDA EUA-authorized Coronavirus at-home testing solution. The at-home Coronavirus (COVID-19) test incorporates a nasal swab and PCR lab analysis, offering convenient and secure results on average 48 hours upon receipt in the lab.
About American Airlines Group
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