THE WHAT? XpresSpa Group has announced that it has offered up its 46 airport locations as potential testing sites to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US department of Health and Human Services and private laboratories across the country.
THE DETAILS The company said that it had engaged in early high-level discussions to turn all its airport units into COVID-19 testing facilities.
”We believe we can we help alleviate some of the long waits for travelers entering the US but we can also be available to test TSA employees, pilots, Flight Attendants and other airport personnel who are on the front lines helping to keep our nation safe,” said Doug Satzman, XpresSpa, Chief Executive Officer. “As the largest operator of health and wellness spas located within these US point of entry airports, we believe our facilities could be of great utility in helping our government test people as quickly as possible. We will work closely with local airport authorities on all plans. While we cannot ensure that an arrangement will ultimately be consummated, we remain optimistic that we can play a vital role with some of these entities.”
THE WHY? With sweeping travel bans in place, airports empty and contact-based activities widely frowned upon if not actively banned for an indefinite period, XpresSpa’s locations will be lying empty. Leasing them out as testing centers could help with that all-important cash flow.