Testing airline passengers for coronavirus is “the key to reopening the world economy” United Airlines’ boss Scott Kirby has told the BBC.

The airline is starting Covid-19 tests on some flights from Newark airport, near New York, to London Heathrow.

Mr Kirby said it could provide evidence that will convince governments to drop quarantine requirements for travellers.

He said several countries have told United they are interested in using testing to open up their economies.

But these countries “want to make sure everything works” and have said that “health and safety appropriately comes first”, he said.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) says demand for international flights is

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