Finnair has announced details of a new Covid-19 testing service for its customers.

The carrier is partnering with Finnish healthcare service company Terveystalo, with customers benefiting from discounted prices and the option to pay using loyalty points.

The service is designed to address the fact that “some countries require a negative coronavirus test result and a certificate from passengers arriving in the country”.

It will launch on September 28, with more information and detailed instruction set to be made available at in the coming days.

What is known is that Finnair customers will benefit from a 10 per cent discount on Terveystalo’s normal PCR test price, while Gold, Platinum and Platinum Lumo members of the Finnair Plus programme will get a 15 per cent discount.

Customers will be directed to the service via Finnair’s website, where they will be able to choose their closest clinic. The carrier said that the service would ensure that:

  • Customers have access to a speedy testing service, and the waiting time for the results is minimised
  • In the capital area of Finland, the result is ready in 24 hours from testing and elsewhere in Finland in 36 hours on average
  • Customers receive information on the result with a short message, and the certificate is delivered electronically or in a printed form

Finnair also said that as different countries have varying requirements for coronavirus testing and related documents, Terveystalo  will “discuss these requirements with the customer, and the customer is provided an adequate test and a certificate that fulfils the destination country’s requirements valid at the time”.

Commenting on the news Jaakko Schildt, chief operations officer, Finnair, said:

“Safety and enabling smooth travelling are extremely important for us. Unfortunately, travellers face more and more requirements these days. Through our partnership with Terveystalo we want to make travelling easier for our customers to countries that require a coronavirus test certificate.”