1% of Passengers Report Positive in Lufthansa’s COVID Tests

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A passenger undergoing a swab test for COVID-19. Source: Frommers

German carrier Lufthansa which has announced 160 flights between India and Germany for the month of September on Tuesday disclosed that 1,50,000 passengers were monitored for Covid-19 at the Frankfurt Airport testing facility since it opened in late June with Fraport and Centogene, with about 1% of samples taken over the last six weeks giving a positive result.

Lufthansa was one of the first airlines to open such a facility with Testing on Arrival being floated as an idea to re-enable travel while preventing the importation of new COVID-19 cases.

Flight Global and Simply Flying reported that over the summer, Lufthansa’s COVID-19 testing center found that around 1% of all tests had come back positive. “Towards the start of August, Germany made COVID-19 tests mandatory for those arriving from high-risk areas, and free for all other arrivals. This prompted a massive increase in the number of tests carried out,” Simple Flying reported.

Frankfurt Airport’s testing center now can test around 10,000 per day. However, during the summer 2020 season, approximately 4,500 tests were carried out per day. While Lufthansa helped to set up the center, it is open to passengers from all airlines, in addition to local residents.

This September, the airline is operating flights between its German hubs Frankfurt and Munich with Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru.

The flights are being operated under the air bubble arrangement between the Indian and German government.

As per the latest directive by Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), scheduled international commercial passenger services to and from India remain suspended until September 30, 2020.

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