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London City Airport opens new COVID-19 Testing Centre

The airport’s testing centre, delivered in partnership with Collinson, is conveniently located just one minute’s walk from the main terminal. It offers the full range of Government-approved Covid-19 tests (PCR, LAMP, Antigen, Antibody) for arriving and departing passengers for all international markets.

Passengers can pre-book their tests with confidence, and benefit from quick and reliable results. Rapid pre-departure testing solutions are available, and travellers can also take PCR tests on arrival.

The facility at London City is one of the few locations to offer a same-day Test to Release service, enabling passengers to be released from quarantine on day five after receiving a negative test result.

The tests are carried out by Collinson nurses and are available for passengers travelling from London City, or other airports.

All tests must be pre-booked online, and passengers are reminded not to turn up at the airport without an appointment. Bookings can be made online by visiting

The details of the various testing prices and timeframes for results are listed below.

Passengers are advised to check the UK Government’s latest advice on the entry and testing requirements of their travel destination:

For the latest Government guidance on arriving in England from abroad, please click here:

*Please note, at London City Airport, we can only provide tests for passengers with a valid travel booking within the next 72 hours as well as for arriving passengers using the Test to Release scheme.

Understanding Testing – what each kind of test means

PCR Testing

PCR Testing is the most sensitive test that is currently available, able to detect active infection some days before the patient is infectious or symptomatic. It is the gold standard test; used in the NHS daily. PCR testing takes around 5 hours to be performed, but as assays sometimes have to be repeated, a turnaround time of 48 hours is often given. PCR testing is performed in machines than cycle through different temperatures. As the process of changing temperature takes some time, the process is longer than other processes such as LAMP.

LAMP Testing

LAMP Testing is another form of genetic test, able to detect the RNA of the virus. It is a more recent development than PCR and is performed all at one temperature. It is generally faster and cheaper than PCR but is not considered to be as sensitive – but is still more sensitive than antigen testing. LAMP tests might be able to detect patients immediately before symptoms are displayed but this is unsure at present. Rapid LAMP testing can add a significant degree of confidence if performed before flying, for example, when all aboard have had a LAMP test prior to departure.

Antigen Testing

Antigen Testing is the fastest and cheapest of all lab tests for COVID-19. Unlike PCR and LAMP, the genetic material of the virus is not searched for, but rather the protein structures on a virally infected cell produced by COVID-19; usually the so-called ‘spike’ protein. Antigen tests often become positive after having had symptoms for a couple of days. Their use is particularly powerful when patients are attending communal events and a quick check needs to be performed to see if attendees are infectious with COVID-19. Also during winter months, when people often have symptoms of the common cold or flu, performing an antigen test will ascertain whether the condition is the coronavirus or not.

Antibody Testing

Antibody Testing is a test that looks for the presence of virus antibodies in the system. The presence of antibodies indicates that the patient has previously had COVID-19, as their body has developed the antibodies necessary to fight off the virus. However, a lack of antibodies does not indicate that the person has not had COVID-19, as not every patient develops them, and much is still to be understood about how long the antibodies last in the patient’s system.

To book a test at the new discounted rates shown in the table below, please be sure to use the promotional code LCYTEST.

COVID-19 TestTest Result Time (from the time test was taken)At discounted price with code LCYTEST (£)
RT-PCRWithin 48 hours66
RT-LAMPWithin 90 minutes68
AntigenWithin 45 minutes59
AntibodyWithin 45 minutes32
Test to Release RT-LAMPSame day for tests before 4pm76
Green ArrivalsTBC66
Amber ArrivalsTBC132