Fraport and German airline Lufthansa have partnered with Centogene to launch the first walk-in Covid-19 testing facility at Frankfurt Airport in Germany.

Passengers flying to or from the airport with Lufthansa can take the test at the sampling centre, which is located near the main terminal.

Centogene chief information officer Dr Volkmar Weckesser said: “Over the past months, global air travel has been critically affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, preventing individuals from travelling home, attending business meetings, and going on trips that were planned months in advance.

“Through our partnership with Lufthansa and our medical partner Dr Bauer Laboratoriums, we can ensure a quick, accurate, and secure end-to-end solution that safely reopens air travel and further supports a return to a new normal for our societies and economies.”

Frankfurt Airport’s partnership with Lufthansa and Fraport will be effective immediately and is expected to run until 31 July next year.

Passengers can take tests one day before travelling or on the same day as departure with a fast track solution.

With this new initiative, Lufthansa aims to offer a solution for safe and convenient international air travel during the pandemic.

Fraport Duty Management Terminals vice-president Daniela Weiss said: “We are happy to offer passengers this new service at Frankfurt Airport.

“This is another example of how Frankfurt Airport, together with its partners, is pioneering the development of innovative passenger services. This service ensures a safe and relaxed travel experience at Germany’s global gateway, even during these times.”

Lufthansa Group Product Management Ground & Digital Services senior director Dr Björn Becker said that the test centre offers a comfortable opportunity to its guests to test themselves for flights abroad or a stay in Germany to avoid quarantine.