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Lufthansa and CENTOGENE Ramp Up COVID-19 Testing

Since June, 2020, Lufthansa and CENTOGENE have been enabling passengers departing from or arriving at Frankfurt Airport to have access to fast and reliable COVID-19 tests.

This first "walk-in" coronavirus test center in Germany serves as a blueprint for a successful test concept and helps passengers entering Germany from high-risk countries.

Lufthansa Group passengers can now also use the fast lane at the CENTOGENE test center at Frankfurt Airport and thus keep waiting times to a minimum.

Special fast lanes are also available for Lufthansa Group status customers, business and first class travellers.

Passengers can perform the test in a sample collection center in the immediate vicinity of the main terminal of Frankfurt Airport.

All results are made available to passengers via a secure digital platform and linked to the flight ticket to ensure automated confirmation for travelers flying to countries with respective entry restrictions.

In addition, passengers can choose an identity confirmation service that certifies authorities that the test results match the passengers' identity.

In the summer of 2020, over 150,000 passengers were tested at Frankfurt Airport using CENTOGENE's PCR test. On average, about 1% of the samples were positive during the last six weeks.

Over 97% of the COVID-19 test results were digitally transmitted to passengers in August 2020 in less than 24 hours.

Recently, the testing capacity at the test center at Frankfurt was expanded. The test center in Frankfurt now has the capacity to test around 10,000 per day.

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