Germany’s biggest airport, in the financial hub of Frankfurt, on Monday got kitted with a coronavirus testing station, potentially allowing some passengers to avoid quarantine at their destination.
The project was inaugurated by German Biotech Company, Centogene, in conjunction with Fraport, which runs Frankfurt Airport and Lufthansa.
The plan is to offer testing to both arriving and departing Lufthansa passengers until the end of July 2021, at a walk-in centre close to the terminal building.
Centogene refered to the programme as a blueprint to opening international borders, hoping the testing would assist travelers get regulations at their destination.
Many countries require a negative test result within the past 72 hours to allow direct entry.
According to Centogene Chief Executive Arndt Rolfs, testing can be carried out either the day before departure, or in a fast-track process on the day of traveling, with results sent through a digital platform linking them with flyer’s ticket.
Lufthansa Group’s Bjoern Becker, said by opening the test centre, the company was offering its guests a comfortable opportunity to test themselves for flights abroad or a stay in Germany to avoid quarantine.