The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), Russia's sovereign wealth fund, Vnukovo International Airport announce an agreement to launch express COVID-19 testing based on highly accurate Russian-Japanese EMG systems for arriving and departing passengers.
The express service for COVID-19 diagnosis, which provides the most reliable result in 60 minutes, will become available at the airports for all passengers within a week. Test results will be available in Russian and English.
The EMG diagnostic system created with support from RDIF is one of the fastest and most accurate testing systems in the world. It has been adapted for both fixed and unique mobile mini-laboratories (the portable system fits into two small suitcases).
The rapid COVID-19 testing service using the EMG systems was also launched at Sheremetyevo International Airport in July.
The test systems are already used for preventive testing at production facilities of the largest Russian companies, as well as for ensuring safety at major events.
Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, said:
"The launch of coronavirus testing based on the EMG systems for passengers at Moscow's largest airports will allow air traffic and tourist flows to resume, as well as ensuring the safety of passengers. Among the advantages of the EMG test systems are the high accuracy and promptness of the tests. Passengers will receive results in two languages in just 60 minutes, which is one of the best results in the world. RDIF is in talks with key representatives of a number of countries to end quarantine for arriving Russians if they submit negative coronavirus test results before departure."
Dmitry Saprykin, General Director of Vnukovo International Airport, noted:
"Now Vnukovo passengers will be able to be tested for coronavirus and get the result in an hour right at the airport - this is undoubtedly an expected service that will improve the quality of service. In our work, we pay special attention to the safety and health of passengers. "
Vnukovo airport continues to implement a set of measures against the spread of COVID-19. Check-in, passport control, and boarding gates are specially marked to maintain a safe distance. Information stickers about the need to maintain a distance are placed on the seats in the airport lounges. Hand sanitizer dispensers are installed in public areas from the check-in area to the boarding gates. At the airport, the regime of cleaning and disinfection of premises and contact surfaces has been strengthened; information is regularly held on the speakerphone in the passenger terminal about the need to use personal protective equipment and observe the social distance. Airport employees undergo thermometry every shift. The use of personal protective equipment by personnel is strictly controlled. If you feel unwell and have other questions about your well-being, passengers and guests of Vnukovo airport can contact the first-aid post in Terminal A.
Vnukovo International Airport is one of the largest air transport complexes in Russia. Annually, the airport serves about 200 thousand flights of Russian and foreign airlines. The route network of the airport covers the entire territory of Russia, as well as neighboring countries, Europe, America, Asia, and Africa. In 2018, Vnukovo International Airport broke a historical record and served 21 million 478 thousand passengers, which is 18.4% or 3 million 340 thousand passengers more than in 2017.
The airport complex Vnukovo has a total area of about 300 thousand square meters. Vnukovo airport is able to provide capacity of up to 35 million passengers per year.
Vnukovo International Airport, the only one among the airports of Russia, received the award of the President of the Russian Federation V.V. Putin for his labor success and highly professional performance.
In addition, Vnukovo Airport was recognized as the best airport in the category “International Airport with passenger traffic of over 10 million passengers per year” of the national award “Air Gate of Russia” as part of the V National Aviation Infrastructure Show NAIS-2018. In 2019, Vnukovo Airport was recognized again as the best airport in the category “International Airport with passenger traffic of over 15 million passengers per year”.
Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) is Russia's sovereign wealth fund established in 2011 to make equity co-investments, primarily in Russia, alongside reputable international financial and strategic investors. RDIF acts as a catalyst for direct investment in the Russian economy. RDIF’s management company is based in Moscow. Currently, RDIF has experience of the successful joint implementation of more than 80 projects with foreign partners totaling more than RUB1.9 tn and covering 95% of the regions of the Russian Federation. RDIF portfolio companies employ more than 800,000 people and generate revenues which equate to more than 6% of Russia’s GDP. RDIF has established joint strategic partnerships with leading international co-investors from more than 18 countries that total more than $40 bn. Further information can be found at www.rdif.ru