Pune: The Pune Lohegaon Airport authorities have now arranged for RT-PCR testing facility for in-premise Covid-19 screening of passengers of international flights arriving at the airport. Airport officials said a district administrative representative has been appointed in the arrival hall to escort the passengers to the testing facility.
Passengers of international flights can book their test by email to [email protected] or contacting the help desk in the arrival lounge of the airport. Passengers can also direct message the airport officials on their twitter handle @aaipunairport for requesting the test. Interestingly, passengers can book their name for the test even before starting their journey and arrival at Pune airport facility.
Kuldeep Singh, Director of Lohegaon airport has tweeted this information. According to the airport officials, the district administrative representative in the arrival hall will welcome and escort the passenger to the testing facility. The authorised technicians will collect the sample at the facility in strict compliance with the test protocols established by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and NABL.
Airport officials have requested passengers undergoing the Covid-19 RT-PCR test at the airport to wait for the test results at the facility. Social distancing norms shall be strictly followed. Passengers can avail tea, coffee and snacks service in the adjoining canteen. All payments including for the RT-PCR test shall be made in cashless mode.
International flight passengers can also opt to wait for the test results under self-isolation at the hotels designated by the District Administration. The district administration officials will remain available at the facility while the passengers are waiting for the test results.
On receipt of the negative RT-PCR test report, the district official shall stamp ‘RTPCR negative’ in indelible ink on the left hand of the passenger. The passenger may then proceed to the departure hall for connecting flight or alternatively may proceed for home quarantine.
On receipt of a positive RT-PCR test report the passenger will be referred to the designated hospital under strict isolation protocols.