Lufthansa is offering Covid-19 testing to passengers flying to and
from Frankfurt Airport, allowing travellers to get the results within
hours and avoid quarantines at destinations they are flying to.
The airline group has joined hands with Fraport, the operator of
Frankfurt Airport, and Centogene, a German commercial-stage company
focused on rare diseases, to roll out this service. The exclusive
partnership starts immediately and is expected to run until 31 July,
The partners say the first walk-in testing solution in Germany will
serve as "a blueprint to opening international borders", aiding
passengers with prior Covid-19 testing that many countries now require
in the wake of the pandemic.
The service offers travellers "a comfortable opportunity to test
themselves for flights abroad or a stay in Germany to avoid quarantine,”
said Dr. Björn Becker, senior director product management ground &
digital services at Lufthansa Group.
Passengers flying to or from Frankfurt Airport with Lufthansa will be
able to perform the test at a sampling centre conveniently located near
the main terminal. This can either be completed the day before
travelling or with a fast-track solution the same day before departure.
All results are delivered to the passenger via a secure digital
platform and connected to their ticket – providing secured clearance for
passengers flying to countries with entrance restrictions.
Additionally, passengers can opt into an ID confirmation service,
assuring authorities that the passengers’ identities correspond with the
Lufthansa customers wishing to use a fast-track test will need to pay
€139 (US$156) at the Frankfurt airport while a slower test, which
provides a result in six to eight hours, is also available for €59,
Financial Times reported. An additional €9 will tie the verified result
to the passport details of Lufthansa customers.