Airport COVID-19 Testing Planning Tool

Supported by:

Airports Council International (ACI) World is a global trade representative of the world’s airports. Since 1991, ACI World has represented airports interests with Governments and international organizations such as ICAO. The organisation develops standards, policies and recommended practices for airports, and provides information and training opportunities to raise standards around the world. 

Client airports realisations:


As the aviation industry continues to restart and increase traffic levels, many of the world’s airports are evaluating options to test passengers for COVID-19 on departure or arrival. This is designed to provide a safe, healthy journey for passengers whilst building consumer confidence again. Some countries are even mandating these requirements in order to reduce the risk of travel.


London City Airport (LCY)

London City Airport has announced it is expanding its testing capabilities with a new, larger facility in partnership with Collinson, the expert in global medical assistance and travel experiences.

The brand-new facility, located less than a minute’s walk from the airport terminal, will be able to administer over 200 tests per hour and will be available to meet increased demand from passengers when the UK Government decides to restart international travel. Click
here for the full LCY press release.


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Summary table is a part of the Gold Package

EBEA Consulting Solution:

Assessment of the necessary requirements to open a COVID-19 testing centre on airport location. The tool provides detailed requirements on the space necessary to handle the forecasted passenger numbers for testing, the number of registration booths, the number of testing pods required as-well-as recommendations on segregating passengers in order to maintain safety whilst optimizing the process.

Planning Tool Model

This provides airports with reassurance in their facilities planning, the ability to forecast throughput and capacity, management information to support expenditure planning and data-driven information for policy making.

The tool has been validated using fast-time simulation as-well-as by London City Airport providing highly accurate results for planning teams to set up this capability quickly and using real data instead of assumptions.

Fast-time simulation using ArcPORT is a part of the Platinum Package


Benefits of the Planning Tool:

  • Initial assessment of the COVID-19 testing and screening facilities requirements, including the total footprint and equipment.

  • Multiple scenarios and strategy testing to support airports decisions in defining passenger process and facilities layout.

  • Key inputs that cover service times at each process, target queue times, and passenger characteristics specific to the airport.

  • Assessments for both arriving and departing facilities.

  • Model outputs provide twofold insights into what is required vs. what is achievable in terms of space and infrastructure within the available footprint.

  • Quick turnaround of results for high-level planning considerations.


There will be two different packages available for the airports that participate: the Gold Package and the Platinum Package. The former will offer a personal assessment with up to three scenarios, whereas the latter will also include a fast-time simulation (together with modelling videos) using ArcPORT:


Please complete the form to receive more information or to apply for the Airport COVID-19 Testing Planning Tool. Click below to complete the application form:

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