Recovery hope

Airport to trial pre-departure rapid testing

Staff will trial the tests

Edinburgh Airport is hoping new pre-departure rapid testing that delivers results within 15 minutes will help speed up its recovery.

A week-long trial starts today and uses tests that only require a saliva sample, meaning no nasal swab and a more positive testing experience.

PocDoc and BioSure are running the trial, using PocDoc’s end-to-end testing solution and the new, groundbreaking BioSure saliva antigen test.

The trial will be open to staff and campus volunteers due to low passenger numbers and will demonstrate how testing can be scaled at airports, potentially adding to the testing capability already in place at Edinburgh Airport.

Earlier this month the airport recorded its lowest annual passenger numbers since 1995 costing the Scottish economy an estimated £1 billion.

The airport handled just under 3.5m passengers in 2020 – a 76% reduction on the previous year, resulting in 21,000 jobs being lost in the economy.

Gordon Dewar, the airport’s chief executive, said: “We know testing will be part of our travelling future, so it makes absolute sense that we look at how that is possible in an airport environment as we prepare for aviation’s recovery.

“Although there is a lack of detail on when that recovery might be able to take place, we are going to do all we can as an airport to make sure we put processes in place so we are in the strongest position possible when conditions allow.

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