ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopian Airlines Group announced on Thursday that it has launched a high-end COVID-19 testing laboratory at its main hub and the continent’s busiest airport, Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.
The airlines launched the lab in collaboration with BGI Health Ethiopia, a subsidiary of China’s biotech giant, the BGI Genomics Co., Ltd.
The airlines said the testing center is opened to revitalize the passengers’ business by creating a seamless travel experience that includes COVID-19 testing to passengers that are departing or transiting via Addis Ababa.
The state-of-the-art COVID-19 testing lab is equipped with cutting-edge technologies to provide quick and accurate testing for passengers.
Currently, the lab has a capacity to carry out 1,000 COVID-19 tests a day with the potential to grow further after expansion.
Regular test results can be obtained within three hours, leading to a convenient travel arrangement by reducing waiting time for testing and result collection.
Ethiopian Airports CEO Eskinder Alemu said the airlines introduced the testing lab “with a view to address our customers’ challenges in travel and revive the passenger service”.
“Originating or transit passengers will no longer have to look for testing centers in the city and wait in lines for COVID- 19 testing,” he said.
“The lab at the airport eliminates the hassle for testing and brings convenience and helps restore passengers’ confidence in travel,” he said. “We will continue to adapt our operations to the new normal so as to ensure customers’ safe travel with Ethiopian. “
Timeliness of COVID 19 test results has been an issue of concern for passengers who wish to transit or extend their stay in Ethiopia and the provision of testing at the airport simplifies customers’ journey with Ethiopian.
The laboratory -performs RT-PCR and IgM antibody tests for COVID-19 to departing, arriving and transit passengers with a high level of efficiency in delivering the results, according to the airlines.
As a result, Ethiopian expressed its hope to see a revival of passenger traffic following the move.