Ethiopian Airlines Launches High End COVID-19 Lab In Addis Ababa
Relief as Ethiopian Airlines Launches High End COVID-19 Lab At Bole International Airport, In Ethiopia’s capital city, Addis Ababa.
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. Hence a high end COVID 19 lab launched in Ethiopia at its main hub and the continent’s busiest airport, Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.
The testing center is to revitalize the passengers’ business. This is by creating seamless travel experience that includes COVID-19 testing to passengers. Departing or transiting via Addis Ababa.
The state-of-the-art COVID-19 testing lab has 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.
Words from The CEO of Ethiopian Airports
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. Transit passengers will no longer have to look for testing centers in the city. Or wait in lines for COVID- 19 testing. The lab at the airport eliminates the hassle for testing. It 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. It aims at ensuring the safety of passengers in line with all international requirements. We will continue to adapt our operations to the new normal 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. Furthermore, it consolidates 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. As a result, the provision of testing at the airport simplifies customers journey with Ethiopian. The laboratory -performs RT-PCR and IgM antibody tests for COVID-19. It is for departing, arriving and transit passengers. Particularly, it 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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