Orlando International Airport (MCO) in the US has announced its plan to introduce a Covid-19 testing clinic.

The plan was approved by Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) Board.

The pilot programme will be launched in collaboration with AdventHealth Centra Care.

The testing clinic will be located at pre-security area on the airport’s third level.

Being set up as a part of the concession programme, the clinic will offer testing services for passengers, airport staff and the Central Florida community.

Greater Orlando Aviation Authority CEO Phil Brown said: “We have partnered with one of the largest health care providers in Central Florida in order to ensure a safe operating environment at the Aviation Authority facilities. As travel increases, with certain destinations requiring Covid-19 testing prior to arrival, having an on-site clinic will enable us to better serve our customers and the community.”

The clinic is slated to open at the end of this month, with operations expected to continue through the end of July 2021.

AdventHealth Centra Care resident Dr Scott Brady said: “We are pleased to work with the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority to assist with Covid-19 rapid testing at the Orlando International Airport this holiday season, as we all work together to continue to keep our travellers and visitors safe in one of the nation’s largest destination hubs.”

Currently, MCO is undertaking a $4.2bn Capital Improvement Program for enhancing capacity and customer convenience.

In November, MCO launched a customer service that seeks to assist passengers with hidden disabilities.

The initiative, called Sunflower Lanyard programme, aims to help people suffering from issues that are not apparent such as low vision, hearing loss, autism, anxiety disorders, dementia, among others.