New rapid COVID-19 testing facilities have been introduced at Glasgow Airport.
The terminal-based facility offers both PCR and antigen testing for passengers currently travelling for essential purposes during lockdown.
Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests are used to directly detect the presence of an antigen, rather than the presence of the body’s immune response, or antibodies. By detecting viral RNA, which will be present in the body before antibodies form or symptoms of the disease are present, the tests can tell whether or not someone has the virus very early on.
AGS Airports Ltd has introduced the new testing facilities in partnership with ICTS UK & Ireland and TAC Healthcare Group. Plans are also underway to introduce testing capacity at the group’s other airports in Aberdeen and Southampton.
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.
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.
Passengers are advised to make appointments for either testing method in advance and directly through the Glasgow airports’ website, which also includes links to the latest government travel advice.
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 whilst continuing to provide aviation security services.
Mark Johnston, chief operating officer of AGS Airports Ltd 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, CEO of C7 Health (Parent Company of TAC Healthcare Group), 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. We are proud to play our part in creating a safe and trusted environment for air travel within the AGS Group.”
ICTS UK & Ireland, Managing Director, Andy Kynoch said: “With the roadmap out of lockdown published on 22 February 2021, we look forward to the lifting of restrictions on air travel. We are delighted to be in the position to facilitate a process which will enable the return of air travel. This process will also stimulate the healing of the aviation sector, which we have been a part of for over 33 years. As a Group, we are incredibly proud of the agility with which we have been able to be at the forefront in assisting our clients in getting aviation back in the air.”