Florida’s Palm Beach International Airport has announced its plans to launch a Covid-19 testing facility after receiving approval from Palm Beach County.
The 851ft² testing site will conduct testing from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and is expected to open by 15 February, reported Sun-Sentinel.
The testing facility will help passengers requiring proof of being Covid-19 negative when they arrive at places such as the Bahamas, Barbados and Belize.
The testing centre will be available to both employees and passengers.
The cost of the test will be $125 if the customer is not covered by insurance.
Both PCR testing and rapid testing will be offered at the site by Helix Virtual.
Passengers will be required to make an appointment and show documentation of their upcoming flight to avail the services.
A PCR test will provide results within 24 hours while a rapid test will take roughly 30 minutes.
All the positive test results will be sent to the Florida Department of Health, but not to the carriers.
Travellers who test positive will be required to inform their respective airlines.
In a separate development, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT) and Aeroterm have entered into a ground lease to develop a multitenant cargo centre at the airport over the next three years.
The new building will offer a suitable access point for cargo firms to reach all areas in Northern New England, the Greater Boston Area and northern Massachusetts.
In addition, San Diego International Airport (SAN) has announced that its Innovation Lab has launched its fifth accelerator programme, which will focus on health and safety at airports.
Around six companies have been welcomed into the programme to test their solutions that improve the touchless journey or develop queue management.