Around 60.000 PCR tests were carried out at Vienna Airport from the beginning of May to the end. However, the fee-based offer is repeatedly criticized because, for example, in Germany this private service is offered much cheaper. The VIE management nevertheless considers the test station in the Office Park to be a success.
“This is not only a decisive contribution to containment of the pandemic, but above all enables necessary air travel to be carried out safely and healthily. Without the possibility of traveling by plane, there is a risk of serious long-term consequences for the economy and jobs, because without the acquisition of new orders, the companies will run out of work in the coming months. More freedom of travel is therefore absolutely necessary: This urgently requires a Europe-wide coordination and standardization of the test and travel regulations; more initiative is urgently required from the EU Commission here, ”explains Günther Ofner, CEO of Flughafen Wien AG, clearly.
Rapid antigen tests are also to be offered shortly. The necessary permits and recognition by the authorities are currently still pending. As soon as these are granted, the test offer is to be expanded. “Classic” PCR tests could be carried out daily between 7:00 am and 20:00 pm without prior notice at a price of 120 euros. The result should be sent by email on the following day at the latest.