Aer Lingus Statement re DAA announcement regarding testing at Dublin Airport

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’.

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Aer Lingus believes the adoption of the Traffic Light System will enable customers to book with confidence for travel in 2021.

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