A coronavirus test centre, operated by the Centogene biotech company in cooperation with Lufthansa and Fraport, opened for business on Monday at Germany’s busiest airport in Frankfurt. They are offering a new service for those passengers who are required to take a coronavirus test prior to arrival at a particular destination or as a way of avoiding quarantine.
Passengers were seen heading to the company’s welcome desk at the airport, where after registering to get tested, mucous samples were taken with a swab before being sent to the lab.
“Centogene's approach is to make testing mobile, make it available on the go,” stated the company’s chief information officer, Dr. Volkmar Weckesser.
“We offer especially with Lufthansa and Fraport for air passengers, of course here for those who need it to travel, either because they want to fly to a country where it is necessary for entry, such as China or other countries. Or if you come back and want to avoid the quarantine in Germany and would like to take a test there,” he added.
The company offers two tests, with the more expensive option providing the result in a shorter time.
The test, which is an additional payable service unconnected with the purchase of a plane ticket, can be paid for and booked on the company’s website, with the most basic costing €59 ($66.50). The dearer version costs €139 ($156).