Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) announced it is now offering COVID-19 rapid tests that are processed in a state-of-the-art, on-airport laboratory, significantly speeding results for passengers.
With a pre-scheduled appointment at LAX, results from the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) nasal swab tests will be available in 3-5 hours for tests collected at the lab across from Terminal 6. Tests collected at the Terminal 2 and Tom Bradley locations will be returned in under 24 hours.
The new test processing lab is an evolution of an earlier interim COVID-19 testing program at LAX, which returned results to customers 24-48 hours after collection. LAX has provided more than 13,500 tests through this interim solution since its opening Nov. 17.
“As more destinations around the world integrate COVID-19 testing requirements for arriving passengers, and as passengers are choosing to take steps to monitor their health when flying, providing easy access to rapid testing is another way LAX can help bolster safe travel,” said Justin Erbacci, CEO of Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), operator of LAX. “In our continuous quest to innovate and reimagine the airport experience, we partnered with the private sector to design, construct and open a first-of-its-kind on-site laboratory that will provide an accessible and affordable rapid testing solution.”
The testing lab is a pilot program led by LAWA in partnership with SG Blocks, which makes container-based structures and Clarity Lab Solutions. Guests can access the facility by vehicle drop-off along the outer arrivals curb at Terminal 6, or by walking from any of the parking structures. Cost for the standard PCR test is $125.