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July 9, 2021

Osaka International Airport to launch new Covid-19 testing facility

This centre planned to be opened by Kansai Airports will provide four testing options and will be located at level one of the airport.

Kansai Airports in Japan has revealed its plans to open a new coronavirus test centre, ITAMI Covid-19 PCR Test Centre, at Osaka International Airport (ITM), also known as Itami Airport.

Scheduled to open on 14 July, the facility will be operated by KK, Kinoshita Group’s wholly-owned subsidiary.

This centre will provide services to airport passengers, local residents and businesses.

The facility will be situated inside the rental car station at level one of the airport.

It will be open seven days a week and operate for 12 hours, from 7am to 7pm.

Express PCR test, which spots the novel coronavirus and influenza viruses through nasal swab, will be available at a cost of $71.81 (JPY7,900).

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The results of this test are generated in around 30 minutes.

At a cost of $19.09 (JPY2,100), the centre will also carry out a quick test.

With dedicated screening equipment, the quick test can also offer results in 30 minutes.

It involves a painless swab of the front of the nose and is said to have the accuracy of PCR tests.

The facility will also provide PCR tests at a cost of $20.91 (JPY2,300).

For this testing, screening kits with both the positive predictive value and the negative predictive value will be used to fulfil the National Institute of Infectious Diseases guidelines.

PCR collects samples in three minutes and provides the results through email in four hours.

In addition, the centre will provide a combination of a quick test and a PCR test at a cost of $34.54 (JPY3,800).

In a statement, Kansai Airports said: “Easy access to various testing options at the airport will help comfort travellers and support the recovery of air travel demand. The Kansai Airports Group is committed to keeping passengers flying safely and providing a safe environment for all its customers.”

In May, Kansai Airports announced that an automated PCR robotic system had been deployed at Kansai International Airport.

The new system has the capacity to process up to 2,500 samples in a span of 16 hours a day for departing travellers on international flights.

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