European airlines are pinning hopes on pre-flight COVID-19 tests that deliver results as fast as pregnancy tests to help restore passengers’ confidence in taking to the skies in confined spaces with shared air, as Reuters news agency reports.
Lufthansa, Germany’s airlines, at the mercy of government bailouts for survival, is in talks with Swiss drugmaker Roche over deploying so-called antigen tests, according to two people familiar with the discussions, as the airline aims to make them available next month.
The tests are administered by health authorities at the airports and included in ticket prices. If they prove popular and safe, these antigen-tested flights will be expanded to more domestic, and later international, routes, the airline said.
Unlike laboratory-based molecular tests that have been the staple of health authorities in the pandemic, antigen tests do not require machines to process. Much like pregnancy tests, they can produce results in about 15 minutes.
As we reported before, Ryanair is going to increase the number of flights from Kyiv-Berlin starting from the end of October.
Daily flights from Kyiv to Berlin (from Berlin to Kyiv) will be on schedule from October 25. The airport of arrival in Berlin will also be changed: planes will now arrive in Brandenburg (instead of Schönefeld).