NEW rapid COVID-19 testing facilities which can provide a result in 15 minutes has been introduced for travellers at Aberdeen Airport.
The terminal-based facilities offer both PCR and antigen testing for passengers currently travelling for essential purposes during lockdown.
Facilities at the airport have been designed for support pre-booked appointments for passenger and results for PCR testing are returned within 24 hours while antigen takes just 15 minutes.
It has been launched by owner AGS Airports in Aberdeen and Glasgow, in partnership with Dyce firm TAC Healthcare Group and ICTS UK & Ireland.
PCR testing can be done either via a park-and-test method in the airport car parks or a walk-up test within the terminal.
Specialist TAC Healthcare-run testing labs have been set up to provide passengers with a quick and convenient pre-flight service. The ICTS Security teams will facilitate the testing provisions at both airports whilst continuing to provide aviation security services.
Mark Johnston, chief operating officer of AGS Airports Ltd, which owns Aberdeen and Glasgow Airports, said: “Although many air services have been grounded throughout the pandemic, our airports have remained open to support critical services including Highlands and Islands routes, essential oil and gas operations and vital hub connectivity for key workers.
“The introduction of these on-site testing facilities will not only provide passengers travelling for essential purposes with a quick and convenient service, they will hopefully play a crucial role in the safe resumption of wider domestic and international travel in the weeks and months ahead.”
Phil Webb, C7 Health (Parent Company of TAC Healthcare Group) chief executive officer, said: “We have been performing testing in Aberdeen for 12 months now, primarily within the offshore oil and gas industry, and we look forward to applying the same level of efficiency and care that TAC Healthcare Group has become synonymous with, to the aviation sector.”