London Biggin HIll Airport
London Biggin Hill Airport, a designated UK entry port and the only dedicated business aviation airport within the capital, is located just 12 miles from central London. It now offers a Covid testing facility to help protect its customers and facilitate their travel. (Photo: London Biggin Hill Airport)

London Biggin Hill Airport Opens Testing Center

The facility is equipped to offer four COVID-related assessments.

With the UK in national lockdown to curb the spread of the pandemic, London Biggin Hill Airport is now Europe's first general aviation gateway to offer an on-site COVID-19 testing center. Named after Dr. Joe Mansi, a physician who risked his life saving local bombing victims during WWII’s London Blitz, the center will offer tests to all arriving and departing passengers and crew, as well as airport businesses and local residents from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on weekdays.

The facility is equipped to administer four COVID-related tests with differing timeframes and pricing, including antigen (15 minutes, £85), antibody (15 minutes, £75), LAMP test (one hour, £140), and RT-PCR test (48 hours, £140). Recipients of the quick tests are given documentation to show authorities, while those for the latter are delivered electronically. On November 17, the center's first day of operation, it administered 37 tests. If a positive test is received, the individual must then isolate, according to UK government guidelines.

“The Mansi Testing Suite is an extension of our Contactless Travel initiative, giving passengers and crew a convenient way to be tested so they can continue their journey with peace of mind,” said Andy Patsalides, the airport’s head of marketing. “Passengers can either be tested at the Mansi Suite, or clinicians will come airside to conduct tests onboard the aircraft or in the terminal building.”