Knock has emerged as the latest airport to weigh introducing pre-flight coronavirus tests for departing passengers.

State company DAA is known to be in talks with providers on the possibility of opening pre-departure testing facilities at Cork and Dublin airports.

Ireland West Airport Knock confirmed on Wednesday that it was in talks with Government and other stakeholders on pre-departure testing.

The company added that it would take direction on the best approach from the Health Service Executive and Government.

System

Test results confirming that passengers are virus-free could form part of a proposed EU system designed to reignite travel across the bloc that member states’ foreign ministers could approve next month.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar confirmed earlier this week that the Republic intended taking part in the new system, which is designed to end conflicting restrictions that have halted travel’s recovery across the EU.

Earlier on Thursday, the Irish Travel Agents’ Association (ITAA) called for passengers leaving the Republic to undergo routine pre-flight tests as an alternative to quarantines.

The association said that this would cut the risk of transmitting the virus and help re-establish air travel following a difficult six months for the industry.

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