LAX OFFERS ONE-HOUR PCR TESTS AS NEWEST COVID-19 TESTING OPTION
04/20/2021 06:00 AM
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April 20, 2021
LAX Public Relations
LAX OFFERS ONE-HOUR PCR TESTS AS NEWEST COVID-19 TESTING OPTION
Polymerase Chain Reaction Results Among the Fastest Available
The COVID-19 testing location in the Tom Bradley International Terminal now offers a PCR test that is among the fastest available, with results guaranteed within one hour.
(Los Angeles, CA) Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) now offers COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests with results guaranteed in less than an hour with the addition of a new testing option at the Tom Bradley International Terminal. These tests are in addition to PCR tests being offered for sale at several locations throughout the airport (with results in either 3-5 hours or within 24 hours, depending on location) and rapid antigen tests at the airport's innovative on-site laboratory.
"We continue to see a strong demand for fast and accurate COVID-19 testing at LAX, which is helping passengers travel safely and opening up more destinations to them," said Justin Erbacci, Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). "By adding a one-hour rapid PCR test, LAX once again is leading the way in airport innovation and guest service, and providing travelers with access to dependable and accurate rapid testing solutions that meet their timing needs.”
The new test, developed by Visby, will be available at the Tom Bradley International Terminal testing location, at ticket counters C01-C05 on the Upper/Departures Level from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. This rapid PCR test is accepted by the State of Hawaii along with a number of international destinations that require a negative result for travel. The cost for these tests, which are among the fastest available for a PCR test, is $199.
The COVID-19 lab that opened across from Terminal 6 in late December continues to offer PCR nasal swab tests with results available in 3-5 hours. That lab also processes samples collected at the Terminal 2 and Tom Bradley International Terminal locations, with results returned in less than 24 hours. Those tests are $125. The nasal-swab antigen tests, which are available only at Terminal 6, cost $80 and have results available in just 30-60 minutes.
Customers are responsible for knowing the type of test results that are acceptable for their destination or purpose for testing.
The on-site testing program at LAX has constantly evolved, with test results moving from 24-48 hours during the interim testing solution in November, to as little as 30 minutes today.
LAWA is committed to continued iteration during the pilot program, which is led by LAWA in partnership with SG Blocks, a leading designer, innovator and fabricator of container-based structures; Clarity Lab Solutions, a cutting-edge laboratory for healthcare professionals nationwide; and Grimshaw Architects, a world-renowned global design practice engaged in architecture, master planning and industrial design. The on-site laboratory structure was constructed from modular shipping containers and is custom designed specifically for the LAX location on the Lower/Arrivals Level across from Terminal 6. The facility includes a certified lab, shade coverings outside and floor markers to ensure physical separation during queuing.
The airport does not receive test results or personal information from customers.
The new one-hour PCR tests developed by Visby are offered at the Tom Bradley International Terminal on the Upper/Departures level at the check-in counters located in Aisle C, along the north side of the terminal.
The primary lab and collection site is located across from Terminal 6 on the Lower/Arrivals level. 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. For pedestrians coming from Terminals 1, 2 and 3 a shorter path to the testing site is possible along East Way, Theme Way and West Way. This is the only location that offers PCR results in 3-5 hours.
LAX guests also may purchase and conduct the PCR nasal swabs at two other locations: the Tom Bradley International Terminal check-in counters and the Terminal 2 Lower/Arrivals Level baggage claim area. Tests collected at these sites will be brought to the lab for processing, with results in less than 24 hours.
Hours of operation:
PCR Tests are conducted from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily all all locations. Rapid antigen tests are available at the Terminal 6 and Tom Bradley International Terminal locations from 9 a.m to noon daily.
Appointments are strongly recommended and can be booked online here. Tests may be available on a walk-up basis, depending on demand.
Visby PCR Test (results in one hour or less): $199
Rapid PCR test: $125
Rapid antigen test: $80
Guests will receive an itemized receipt to submit to their insurance providers for reimbursement, if the tests are covered by their healthcare provider.
LAX, the third-busiest airport in the world and second busiest in the United States in 2019, is in the midst of a $14.3-billion capital improvement program that will touch on all nine passenger terminals and build new facilities, including an Automated People Mover (APM) train, Consolidated Rent-A-Car (ConRAC) facility and a 12- to 15-gate Midfield Satellite Concourse (MSC) addition to the Tom Bradley International Terminal.
In 2019, LAX served nearly 88.1 million passengers and offered an average of 700 daily nonstop flights to 113 destinations in the U.S. and 1,200 weekly nonstop flights to 91 markets in 46 countries on 72 commercial airlines.
LAX generates 620,600 jobs in Southern California, with labor income of $37.3 billion and economic output (business revenues) of more than $126.6 billion, according to an economic study based on 2014 operations. This activity added $6.2 billion to local and state revenues and $8.7 billion in federal tax revenues. The study also reported that LAX's ongoing capital improvement program creates an additional 121,640 annual jobs with labor income of $7.6 billion and economic output of $20.3 billion; $966 million in state and local taxes; and $1.6 billion in federal tax revenues.
LAX is part of a system of two Southern California airports – along with Van Nuys general aviation – that are owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), a proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles that receives no funding from the City's general fund.
LAWA is leading the aviation industry in sustainability practices, with initiatives related to water management, energy (electricity) management, air quality, recycling and natural resources management. In 2019, LAX received Level III ACI Airport Carbon Accreditation from Airport Councils International-Europe.
LAWA is also a leader in inclusivity, operating eight programs that provide opportunities for business enterprises including local, small, minority-owned, veteran-owned and disadvantaged firms, and working together with community partners to offer the HireLAX Apprenticeship Readiness Program, which targets local workers to make them ready for rewarding careers in the construction trades, and the Build LAX Academy, designed to prepare small contracting businesses for success when working on projects at LAX.
LAX was named a top-10 U.S. airport by SKYTRAX in 2018, and was honored as the "Most Innovative Airport for Passenger Experience" in 2019 by the American Association of Airport Executives. LAX is the second-most popular airport in the world to appear on Instagram, according to wego.com. Other recent honors have included selection as the No. 9 Best Airport (Wall Street Journal); No. 7 Best On-Time Performance for a Mega-Hub Airport (OAG); one of "The World's Best Airports for Business Travelers" (GlobeHunters); Public-Private Partnership of the Year (P3 Bulletin); Urth Caffe, Best Airport Coffee Concession of the Year (Global FAB Awards); Innovation of the Year, Consolidated Rent-A-Car Facility (ARTBA); Best Project, United Airlines Terminal 7 and 8 Redevelopment Program (Engineering News Record California); North American Public-Private Partnership Deal of the Year (IJ Global); and Innovative Transportation Solution of the Year, Automated People Mover (WTS LA).
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