Airport COVID-19 testing stations have been set up in both Frankfurt and Munich, in partnership with Germany’s largest airline Lufthansa, to reduce the spread of the contagious disease and ease the mind of passengers while travelling.
In Frankfurt, Lufthansa has partnered with German biotech company Centogene to test passengers voluntarily, with results available in as little as three hours.
The walk-in testing hub is located in the walkway between Terminal 1 and the long-distance train station, with the testing facility expecting to stay in place until at least July 2021.
The testing hub will be able to accommodate up to 300 tests per hour, opening from 7am to 7pm on weekdays, and 9am to 5pm on weekends, according to Centogene.
Tests will reportedly be processed on-site within the airport.
According to Centogene, passengers will be notified of their results via a “secure digital platform”, and can have this information tagged onto their boarding pass.
This service could save time for passengers travelling to countries that require a negative test to be presented before allowing entrance to the country, such as Dubai.
Passengers at Frankfurt will be required to pay for the testing service, with a standard test costing €59, and results expected within six to eight hours.
However, customers can opt for a ‘fast-track’ test, which can return a result in as little as three hours, for €139.
Meanwhile, an on-site testing hub has also been set up for passengers travelling through Munich, also in partnership with Lufthansa.
In Munich, the German airline giant has partnered with Medicare, a subsidiary of Flughafen München GmbH, to provide testing services.
The tests will take place in the airport’s on-site medical centre, located within Terminal 1, however passengers will be required to register in advance by calling the medical centre prior to walking in.
Test results at the Munich facility will reportedly be available four hours after the swabs have been taken.