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London’s Gatwick Airport has announced it will be launching a coronavirus testing centre for passengers flying from the busy travel hub.

The airport will be supplying Covid test at its new screen centre located in the South Terminal Long Stay Car Park from November 30.

ExpressTest will be running the service and will offer a "fast and accurate PCR swab test" for passengers who "may require a valid, negative Covid test certificate for destinations."

Passengers will be able to book in for the test from November 27, when the booking portal launches, for flights from November 30.

Gatwick will be charging £60 for Covid-19 tests for passengers and employees, which will also be available at £99 for the general public.

Announcing the service in a tweet, Gatwick said: "We are pleased to announce the launch of a COVID19 screening centre located in the South Terminal Long Stay Car Park. Run by ExpressTest it will offer a fast and accurate PCR swab test and is available for both passengers, employees and the general public from 30 November.

"If you are flying from or are based at Gatwick Airport you can get a test for £60, and it will also be available for the general public at £99. A group discount is also available. You can book your test from 27 November when the booking portal launches."

Gatwick said the service is designed for passengers who may require a negative test to travel, but added that it is not a guarantee pass onto a flight and passengers must "check with your travel provider" before attempting to board.

It added: "The facility is for air passengers who may require a valid, negative COVID19 test certificate for destinations requiring one from up to 96 hours before travel, but you must check with your travel provider that the test meets the specific requirements of your destination."

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In a statement, Gatwick CEO Stewart Wingate said: "Reducing the spread of COVID-19 is a priority for us alongside giving confidence to people who have missed travelling during this difficult year.

"Our new screening facility is a convenient service to offer people looking for extra reassurance.

"We are pleased to be subsidising the price for our passengers and any staff based at Gatwick so they are compliant with current destination requirements that many of airlines including easyJet, British Airways and TUI fly to.

"Our industry has been decimated by the pandemic and, while we welcome the anticipated test and release scheme from the Government, we want to see an internationally agreed pre-departure testing regime, based on existing risk criteria, to replace the current uncertainty of quarantine and patchwork of testing approaches which currently exists across Europe.

"A truly international approach would safely open up most of the UK’s travel routes abroad, while also helping to reduce transmission of the virus."

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