It looks as though pre-travel COVID testing will play a key role in flights to Hawaii and Hawaii airline competition for the foreseeable future. We mentioned free COVID airport tests before. Today’s news confirms that costs will continue to drop and availability increase to make travel to Hawaii easier. That’s good news.
Southwest Airlines jumped further into the airline COVID testing scheme when they announced that Hawaii trusted partner, CityHealth Urgent Care, will offer pre-travel testing starting at $20 for their Hawaii travelers at Oakland, San Francisco, Sacramento, and San Jose airports. By clicking the link to CityHealth, you can access their appointment calendar.
Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines also have pre-travel testing. Carbon Health works with Alaska for $170 per person, and Worksite Labs does the Hawaiian tests for $90 per person and Vault (at home) for $119.
CityHealth offers confirmed appointments for SWA passengers.
A 72-hour test result is guaranteed. The company provides priority testing for SWA passengers. That means that SWA passengers receive a confirmed appointment time. Others can use the service as well but on a space-available basis, which does not guarantee a test. There is a $20 administrative fee, while CityHealth expects the test’s full cost may be covered either through insurance or the CARES Act.
New SJC airport location for CityHeath.
Tests are performed in the prior taxi holding area of the airport. The address is 2470 Airport Blvd, San Jose, CA 95110. Appointment times are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
John Aitken, SJC airport director, said, “We are pleased that our partners at Southwest Airlines and CityHealth now offer pre-flight COVID-19 testing at SJC. This new testing opportunity represents an investment in our shared commitment to health and safety and is a welcome addition to our airport’s slate of globally-recognized health and safety measures.”
Tony Roach, SWA managing director, said, “Aligned with the value and flexibility Southwest brings in our service to the Hawaiian Islands, our work with CityHealth to offer testing to our customers in the South Bay and Peninsula now complements other locations throughout the Bay Area and Sacramento. We’re glad to support an affordable and convenient way to get tested and get to the preferred warm water destination of Hawaii for Customers who fly with California’s largest airline, Southwest.”
Sean Parkinm, CityHealth CEO, said, “Few industries have felt the impact of COVID-19 as much as the travel industry. CityHealth is proud to partner with Southwest Airlines to help promote safer travel through pre-travel testing. We are working closely with San Jose International Airport to welcome passengers back to air travel and safely reach their destinations, whether it’s visiting family, taking that much-needed vacation, or an important business meeting that can’t be done over a virtual meeting.”
Does a $20 COVID test entice you to fly Southwest?