All passengers displayed negative results before departure
The first Coronavirus-free Lufthansa flight departed on November 12 for Hamburg from Munich, with all passengers testing negative before take-off.
Flight LH2058 marked the beginning of the pre-departure COVID-19 antigen testing.
All passengers on the second daily flight offering the new service also presented negative test results. Once testing is complete, passengers will receive their results via text message and email.
“With the test flights we have successfully launched today, we are gaining important knowledge and experience in handling rapid tests,” said Ola Hansson, CEO Lufthansa hub Munich.
The COVID-19 test is offered to travellers completely free of charge before departure of the two daily flights. If a passenger does not wish to be tested, then they will be transferred to another flight at no extra cost.
The boarding pass will only become active once a negative test result is received. Travellers can also present a negative PCR test that has been taken no later than 48 hours before departure.
John Lammers, CEO of Flughafen München said, “The trial run with the rapid antigen tests on selected Lufthansa flights is a positive and important signal for the industry.”
“This could mean that in future – if the appropriate international agreements are reached – cross-border travel without the obligatory quarantine obligation could once again be possible,” he added.
Lufthansa is entirely responsible for the rapid test procedure, with no extra cost to the passenger.