Since 30 October, the leading French airports have adopted a rapid Antigen Covid-19 test that gives back results in a few minutes. As the industry adapts to new restrictions, the Nice Côte d’Azur airports introduces a new set of gadgets to help curb the spread of the virus. 

Gone are the days of PCR tests and 24 hour waiting periods. On 20 October, the French Transport Minister, Jean-Baptiste Djebbari announced the introduction of rapid covid tests at the Nice Côte d’Azur airport.

The minister said that all passengers arriving from countries deemed “red zones” would have to take the test. “We need to find a way for these rapid tests to become the norm in airports throughout Europe, and even throughout the world, so that air traffic can take off again,” Franck Goldnadel, the president of the Airports of the Côte d’Azur associoation,  told Good Morning Business.  

An ultra-violet robot

Goldnadel expects air traffic to go back to normal by 2023-2024. For the Nice Côte D’Azur airport, the priority is first and foremost its passenger’s safety. Many new measures and gadgets have been put in place to ensure the cleanliness of the terminals. Amongst them is an air-sterilising ultra-violet robot.