Aegean Airlines announced that cabin crew and employees will undergo preventive diagnostic tests for Covid-19 every fifteen days.
The tests will be performed in collaboration with the Laboratory of Clinical Virology of the Medical School of the University of Crete, one of the designated COVID-19 Reference Laboratories in Greece.
This initiative by AEGEAN, aims at further enhancing the health and safety of passengers and crew and is part of the additional precautionary measures already taken by the company for the new, adapted travel experience during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our people are our strength, which is why protecting their health is always our utmost priority. From the very beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, following the guidelines of the State and the competent authorities, we implemented enhanced health measures at all stages of the travel journey, and initiated additional precautionary measures to protect the health and safety of our passengers and employees. In this effort, we are pleased to collaborate with the Laboratory of Clinical Virology of the Medical School of the University of Crete. We are also proud that through this initiative, we associate with such a remarkable scientific and research institution in Crete,” said Panos Nicolaidis, Ground Operations Director at Aegean.
The sampling will be held at the airliner’s ground bases in Athens, Thessaloniki and Heraklion in Crete.
The Director of the Laboratory of Clinical Virology of the Medical School of the University of Crete, Professor Giorgos Sourvinos, stated: “From the very beginning of the pandemic, our Laboratory has offered its services for the laboratory control of COVID-19 by carrying out thousands of molecular tests. The collaboration of our Laboratory with AEGEAN, as part of the Preventive Molecular Testing Program for COVID-19, is a special honour while it also highlights the company’s high sense of responsibility and human-centred approach, both for its staff and its passengers. The Laboratory of Clinical Virology would like to thank AEGEAN for its trust. We strongly believe that with our know-how and competent scientific staff, we will assist AEGEAN in achieving the objectives of the Program.”