Thursday, 22 April 2021

Ethiopian Launches High-End COVID-19 Testing Lab at its Hub

Ethiopian Airlines Group, Africa’s leading Airline, is pleased to announce that it has  joined hands with BGI Health Ethiopia, a subsidiary of China's biotech giant, the BGI  Genomics Co., Ltd, to launch high-end COVID-19 testing laboratory at its main hub and  the continent’s busiest airport, Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. The testing center  is opened to revitalize the passengers’ business by creating 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 a 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 Mr. Eskinder Alemu said "We introduced the testing lab inside our  hub at Addis Ababa 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. The lab at the airport eliminates the hassle for  testing and brings convenience and helps restore passengers’ confidence in travel. The facility is  the outcome of the excellent partnership between Ethiopia's flag carrier and the BGI Health  Ethiopia towards ensuring the safety of passengers in line with all international requirements. We  will continue to adapt our operations to the new normal so as to ensure customers’ safe travel with  Ethiopian. “ 

Further to significantly reducing the time and energy spent for testing, the launch of the testing center at the airport will elevate Ethiopian customer service and consolidate the  airlines’ safety measures at the airport and onboard. 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 high level of efficiency in delivering the  results. As a result, Ethiopian hopes to see a revival of passenger traffic following the  move.

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