Lufthansa will offer its customers on certain flights a free COVID-19 test before departure as part of a pilot plan to refine the new anti-coronavirus hygiene protocols and conduct "100% negative test" flights to restore passenger confidence.
Airport testing has been identified by the industry as a crucial step in restoring passenger confidence on flights, alongside with other initiatives such as Helsinki-Vantaa Airport's use of trained sniffer dogs to detect infected travellers.
Starting November 12, Lufthansa will offer passengers on two of its daily Hamburg-Munich flights free rapid antigenic tests, which can provide a result within one hour. Passengers will also be able to provide their own negative PCR test for boarding.
With our testing strategy, we want to use the data obtained to provide important information on the use of the rapid tests. Successful testing with 100% negative results on complete flights can be the key to revitalizing international air traffic.
said Christina Foerster, Director of the airline.
Passengers who choose not to participate in the tests will be offered a free re-booking on another flight on the same day, Lufthansa said, because the idea is that all passengers travel with a negative result.
Other airlines within the group, which includes Austrian, Swiss and Brussels Airlines, are also implementing similar initiatives.