MIAMI– Alitalia (AZ) announced on Wednesday that it would operate flights reserved for passengers screened negative for COVID-19. The carrier will operate two regular “COVID-tested” flights from Rome Fiumicino (FCO) to Milan Linate Airport (LIN) in the pilot project.

The flights will depart from Rome at 13:30 and 17:30, local times. At a later point, such flights could be carried out more broadly, including globally, the airline said.

Terminal 3 at FCO pre-COVID-19. Photo: Aeroporti di Roma.

PCR Tests at FCO

According to, passengers may either take a nasal swab test on the day of departure at a health center located at FCO or present negative test results from the same PCR test carried out at the airport health authorities in the past 72 hours.

The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests will take 30 minutes to produce a result, Alitalia said. Passengers who are tested positive will not be allowed to board and will have to follow quarantine procedures.

With this pilot project, it seems AZ, FCO, and LIN are taking the lead instead of just waiting for recommendations from ICAO’s task force.

Featured image: Alitalia Airbus A330-202 EI-EJI Taking Off from Rome Fiumicino International Airport (FCO). Photo: Andrea Ongaro @alphaoscaraviation