London Luton Airport (LLA) in the UK has opened a new in-terminal Covid-19 testing facility as the government plans to resume international travelling from next month.

The airport opened the new facility in collaboration with travel Covid-19 testing provider Collinson.

LLA already has an existing drive-through facility located in the Mid-term car park, while the opening of the new centre will boost the testing capacity of the airport.

Both the facilities are equipped to conduct a full range of government-approved Covid-19 tests.

LLA operations director Neil Thompson said: “Opening this in-terminal testing centre at LLA will offer access to all the necessary travel testing solutions, providing passengers further confidence in their ability to travel safely.

“This is another vital step in our preparations to kick-start our recovery once restrictions are lifted.”

The facilities are capable of conducting 144 tests an hour and can ramp up if demand surges.

The full suite of testing will include RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, Antigen and Antibody tests for pre-departure ‘fit to fly’, as well as a mandatory ‘Testing for International Arrivals’ test package on day two and eight and optional ‘Test to Release’ on day five for arriving passengers.

Separately, Cardiff Airport (CWL) in Wales also announced the opening of a Covid-19 testing service. The centre, located in the Arrivals Hall of the terminal, was opened in partnership with Nuffield Health.

Earlier this month, the UK Government announced plans to establish a traffic light system to classify international travel destinations based on Covid-19 risks.

The approach was recommended by the Global Travel Taskforce (GTT) to ensure the safe resumption of foreign travel.