Lufthansa is to offer on-the-spot coronavirus tests before boarding intercontinental flights in a bid to get long-haul passengers flying again.

The German airline is working with partners in the pharmaceutical industry to obtain an accurate test that could provide results within 15 minutes for €10.

The tests on some routes to the US are to start in October, depending on government approval.

The exact transatlantic routes had not been decided yet, according to the carrier.

“We are in contact with various airports in North America,” the company said in a statement.

One option is to make the tests a requirement for everyone boarding the flight.

The proposal is in line with calls by Iata to use testing as an alternative to 14-day quarantine restrictions to restore confidence in flying and get air travel moving again.