Glasgow Airport's long-term car park is currently being converted into a mobile transit test facility to support the country's response to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).
The 17-hectare parking lot on Abbotsinch Road is part of a series of measures being implemented to improve testing and response to the spread of COVID-19.
The facility at Glasgow Airport will only be launched at this time to test NHS employees at the forefront. Anyone who should make swab samples available from Sunday will only do so by appointment. The test center is not open to the public.
The new test center will be in operation from Sunday afternoon, April 5th, and will have up to five lanes. It can accommodate a larger number of COVID-19 tests per day. It will operate from Monday to Friday between 10 a.m. and 4.30 p.m.
Mark Johnston, General Manager of Glasgow Airport, said: “We are in regular contact with the UK and Scottish governments and have offered our facilities to help respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Glasgow Airport has enough space and infrastructure to accommodate a large test area, and we are happy to support you in this way. The effects of this virus affect us all and Glasgow Airport, the broader AGS Airports Ltd group and our employees will continue to support national efforts to overcome COVID-19 and will be ready to help in any way possible. "
Alister Jack, Secretary of State for Scotland, said: “This new test center at Glasgow Airport, funded by the UK government, will get our NHS frontline workers to do the jobs they are trained to do. Allow those who do not suffer from the disease to work again and treat those who need care most.
"This is part of the UK government's plan to significantly expand our testing capacity as we continue to work around the clock and across the country to protect the vulnerable, support the NHS and save lives."
Last week, Glasgow and the larger group of AGS Airports Ltd donated £ 40,000 to the #GiveHope appeal by homeless charity Simon Community Scotland. The funds are used to support the purchase of hotel accommodation for the homeless, where they can stay in single rooms. This way, they can isolate themselves if necessary and at the same time access the range of services of the Simon Community.
For the latest COVID-19 instructions, go to: www.nhsinform.scot