COVID-19 testing facility ready to go at Heathrow Airport  

(Photo: Heathrow Airport)

The Collinson company and Swissport have announced their facility for COVID-19 testing is set up and ready for use at Heathrow Airport.

The facility in Terminal 2 enables arriving passengers to be tested for COVID-19 upon landing and know just hours later if they have tested positive. The two organisations said more than 13,000 passenger tests can be carried out each day using the existing facility, which can be further scaled with demand. They now hope that with approval from the Government, people testing negative during the process will be allowed to exit quarantine early.

Airport-based COVID-19 testing is being embraced by more than 30 countries around the world, helping to get the travel industry back up and running while safeguarding public health and Heathrow CEO, John Holland-Kaye, commented: “Testing will not only avoid the ‘quarantine roulette’ that so many passengers faced in Spain and France, it will also open up flights to key trading partners such as the US, Canada and Singapore.  The government’s own research shows that a double test has a high level of accuracy in screening for COVID.  This facility is an oven-ready opportunity to see how Britain can safely reopen for business, as other countries are doing.”

Collinson and Swissport said that with Government support, the pilot of the new testing procedure could be available as a private service to anyone with a flight landing in Heathrow Terminal 2, and within a few weeks for those arriving in Terminal 5.