Peach to begin implementing post-antigen testing domestic flight trial project

peach to begin implementing post antigen testing domestic flight trial project

Peach Aviation is to begin implementing a “post-antigen testing domestic flight trial project” that enables domestic flights to be taken after passing a pre-boarding antigen test. The project will be implemented with the support and cooperation of the Association to Promote the Kansai International Airport Overall Plan, which is comprised of autonomous bodies and economic organizations in Kansai, Miyazaki and Kagoshima prefectures, SRL Inc and Utsubo Garden Clinic.

Despite domestic leisure demand gradually recovering thanks to the Go To Travel campaign, recovery in trips back to one’s hometown is weak, partially because of concerns about triggering an outbreak of infection, although it is assumed there is a significant need to travel to help with nursing care.

As a result of a survey conducted amongst Kansai residents with connections to the Amami region in Kagoshima Prefecture, about 70% of respondents said that they voluntarily self-banned any return to their hometown last summer out of concern for spreading the coronavirus among local residents, and they also confirmed that they intend to postpone returning to their hometowns if safety cannot be ensured under the reinforced countermeasures against the COVID-19 infection (due to concerns about receiving critical looks at the year-end/New Year holiday period).

In response, Peach is to implement this project on routes that have few alternative means of transport besides flights, although demand to return to one’s hometown is high, prior to the year-end/New Year.

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