Press releaseAer Lingus Statement re DAA announcement regarding testing at Dublin Airport
November 16, 2020
Aer Lingus welcomes the announcement by DAA that two COVID-19 testing facilities will open at Dublin Airport this Thursday.
Aer Lingus believes that the recent adoption of ‘EU Traffic Light System’ and associated testing regime is to be welcomed as a positive first step towards facilitating increased safe international travel, which is critical to the Irish economy.
The introduction of a testing regime for passengers forms part of a multi-layered risk mitigation approach.
While noting that the Government has initially established a PCR testing solution for post arrival testing, Aer Lingus believes that going forward tests should be based on a rapid and affordable testing solution. Aer Lingus believes that a rapid antigen testing regime is the most appropriate standard in this regard. Only a rapid and affordable testing solution will facilitate a meaningful increase in safe international travel.
Aer Lingus believes that following the initial implementation of the measures, the fortnightly review process should over time lead to a streamlining of the processes and allow a meaningful increase in safe international travel. This streamlining should lead to a limited form of random rapid testing for passengers arriving from higher risk ‘orange’ coded countries or regions, and pre-departure testing for countries or regions classified as ‘red’.
Aer Lingus believes the adoption of the Traffic Light System will enable customers to book with confidence for travel in 2021.