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Delta, British Airways requests Covid checks for flights from London to New York after Cuomo request

A Delta Air Lines Boeing 767-300 lands in Amsterdam.

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Delta Air Lines, Virgin Atlantic and British Airways announced Monday that travelers must test negative for the coronavirus before they can board flights to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. The measures are in response to a request from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo as officials grapple with a highly contagious new strain of Covid-19 spreading across the UK

British Airways announced that the proceedings will begin on Tuesday.

Virgin Atlantic and its partner Delta said the new requirements would begin Thursday.

“All Delta customers traveling to New York from the UK are required to have a PCR test 72 hours prior to departure to create an additional layer of security while traveling,” a Delta spokesman said in a statement. “Delta will be working closely with the governor’s office in the coming days to implement its request.”

The airline said passengers scheduled to leave the UK in the coming days should check Delta’s website for updates.

More than two dozen countries have blocked flights or access to people from the UK due to the new strain of the virus.

U.S. and overseas airlines have already suspended much of their international service due to Covid-19 and travel restrictions. For example, since March the US has banned most foreigners in the European Union or the UK from entering.

122 flights are planned between the UK and the US this week, up from 752 last year, according to flight data provider OAG.

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