RDIF, Vnukovo International Airport and Moscow Domodedovo Airport agree to launch express COVID-19 testing for passengers

Press release, 05.08.2020

Testing based on highly accurate EMG technology

Test results to be available in Russian and English in just 60 minutes

Moscow, August 5, 2020 –The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), Russia’s sovereign wealth fund, Vnukovo International Airport and Moscow Domodedovo 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.”

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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

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 2019, Vnukovo International Airport broke a historical record and served over 24 million passengers, which is 11.7% or 2.5 million passengers more than in 2018. Further information can be found at: http://www.vnukovo.ru/en/

Moscow Domodedovo Airport today is the largest airport in Russia and Eastern Europe in terms of passenger traffic. Moscow Domodedovo Airport is one of Europe's largest airports (according to the classification of Airports Council International (ACI). It is the base airport in Russia for member airlines of the largest global airline alliances - Star Alliance and oneworld. It is also a member of the Airports Council International (ACI). Today, scheduled flights to Domodedovo are operated by around 50 airlines. Moscow Domodedovo Airport has a route network of around 200 flights, with 44 unique destinations. Total passengers traffic in 2019 reached 28.3 million passengers. Further information can be found at: https://business.dme.ru/en/company/about/

For additional information contact:
Arseniy Palagin
Russian Direct Investment Fund
Press Secretary
Tel: +7 495 644 34 14, ext. 2395
Mobile: +7 916 110 31 41
E-mail: arseniy.palagin@rdif.ru

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