Ethiopian launches high-end Covid-19 testing lab at its hub

posted on 22nd April 2021 by Eddie Saunders
Ethiopian launches high-end Covid-19 testing lab at its hub

Ethiopian Airlines Group has announced that it has joined with BGI Health Ethiopia, a subsidiary of China’s biotech giant, the BGI Genomics Co., Ltd, to launch high-end Covid-19 testing laboratory at its main hub and the continent’s busiest airport, Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.

Currently, the lab has a capacity to carry out 1,000 Covid-19 tests a day with a potential to grow further after expansion.

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.

“Originating or transit passengers will no longer have to look for testing centers in the city and wait in lines for Covid- 19 testing.

“The lab at the airport eliminates the hassle for testing and 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 towards ensuring the safety of passengers in line with all international requirements.

“We will continue to adapt our operations to the new normal so as to ensure customers’ safe travel with Ethiopian.“