Edinburgh Airports will trial pre-departure rapid testing to determine if people have a current COVID-19 infection, with results provided in a quarter of an hour. The week-long trial, run by PocDoc and BioSure, requires a saliva sample, providing a less invasive testing experience.
Due to low passenger numbers, the trial will be open to volunteers and staff to demonstrate how testing can be scaled at airports.
“Edinburgh Airports will trial pre-departure rapid testing.“
Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport, Gordan Dewar, stated: “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. This trial with PocDoc and BioSure will provide some insight into rapid, efficient and affordable testing and we will study the findings before deciding our next steps.”
Steve Roest, PocDoc CEO and Founder, stated: "COVID-19 has seen the travel industry brought to its knees, but with international travel set to commence again in May, we are hopeful for a much happier year for the sector. Everyone is aware of the extent of the testing problem and we believe PocDoc has found a solution. The very quick, reliable, cost effective and safe service will help unlock travel and provide a massive boost to consumers and travel operators alike.”