London city expands testing facilities

The new site will open in partnership with Collinson to provide an extra 200 tests per hour at the hub 

London City Airport (LCY) has recently announced that it is introducing a new testing facility in partnership with medical and travel experiences firm, Collinson.  

The site is expected to accommodate 200 tests per hour, meeting increased passenger demand once international travel can viably reopen.  

Photo London City Airport 

Those returning from ‘amber list’ countries will be able to utilise the ‘test to release’ service which means once a negative test is obtained, travellers are able end their quarantine after day five.  

Both London City and Collinson believe the government should consider some changes when the next international travel review takes place later this month. This includes practical, reliable and affordable procedures and using the available data to make decisions.  

Passengers travelling to green and amber countries are required to take multiple tests. Testing at LCY has doubled over the last few weeks, highlighting that there is strong acceptance of this method. 

Robert Sinclair, CEO of LCY, still believes that there is hope for a “summer getaway” this year.  

He added: “We believe there is a strong case to expand the green list in line with the latest scientific data and recognise the status of vaccinated travellers with reduced testing and quarantine requirements, particularly for arrivals from amber list countries. This would boost the industry’s recovery and allow passengers to book their summer getaways with confidence.”  

David Evans, Join CEO at Collinson, also commented: “When we launched our first testing facility in the UK, nearly a year ago, the goal was to get travel safely moving again, while giving passengers convenient access to the testing solutions they’d need to fly without needing to face lengthy quarantines after.” 

“That is still very much our goal today. This testing centre’s convenient onsite location next to London City’s terminal means that passengers can enjoy fast transit and safe and speedy journeys from London’s most central airport, whether travelling on the day or – as we’d recommend – pre-planning in advance.” 

The airport is one of a select few locations offering Collinson’s rapid RT-LAMP solution – developed by Oxford University.  

As well as implementing a new testing facility, the London hub’s health measures have recently been approached as COVID-secure by the CAA, in line with guidelines set out by the ICAO.