Malaga Airport will be one of a group of Spanish airports to have a coronavirus testing area established in its departure lounge.
The airports' operator, Aena, hopes that the initiative will benefit outgoing passengers who need proof of a negative test result before travelling or allow them to avoid quarantining after arrival.
A spokesperson for Aena said the plan, which affects all fifteen of the busiest airports in Spain, will "facilitate the return of tourists" to the places from which they came. Individuals will have to have their boarding passes with them to access the service.
That said, the plan will not be extended to those arriving into Malaga Airport. Indeed, anyone flying into the city will need to have completed the appropriate steps on tests before leaving their place of origin in order to gain entry into Spain.
In Malaga, the Recoletas-Arquimea-Lagben-GTT consortium has been awarded the contract to provide the service for six months (with the possibility of an extension until the end of 2021). The consortium has facilities to examine for active coronavirus infections (PDIA test) and carry out PCR tests and antibody tests.
Aena stresses that all tests will meet the standards set by the Ministry of Health and that they will be available at a reasonable price comparable to those carried out in other clinics.
The testing area will be complete with a waiting zone, and the process will be carried out with passenger privacy in mind. The relevant regional health authorities will be informed in the case of a positive test result.