Drive-thru COVID-19 testing site opens on Columbia Metropolitan Airport campus

August 24, 2021

Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE), in partnership with South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), RRT and Extraordinary Headhunters, LLC., today announced that beginning Monday, August 30, 2021 CAE will host a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site.

“Providing this needed resource for travelers, staff and locals is imperative to ensure continued safety and awareness as we as a community work together to combat COVID-19,” said Mike Gula, Executive Director of CAE.

For anyone considering utilizing this location, CAE wants to ensure individuals are aware of the following information:

  • The COVID-19 testing site will be located in CAE’s cellphone parking lot, which is located just past the main entrance sign on the right before you get to the main terminal.
  • All tests are free to the general public. Individuals do not have to be flying out to receive a COVID-19 test.
  • To start, the COVID-19 testing site at CAE will be open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. seven days a week. Adjustments may be made considering overall demand.
  • The tests administered will be the Real Time (RT) PCR test as approved by SCDHEC. Results will take roughly 24 hours.

As of right now, the drive-thru COVID-19 testing site at CAE will run through fall 2021.


About the Columbia Metropolitan Airport

(Until further notice, flight schedules subject to change and adjust due to COVID-19). Now providing nonstop service to 12 major airports in 11 destinations including Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, New York City (LGA), Philadelphia, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Washington, D.C. (Dulles and Reagan National). Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE), a Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accredited facility, continues to be a major economic driver for the Midlands region. Welcoming over 1.3 million passengers in 2019, CAE is served by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Silver Airways and United Airlines and is a regional cargo hub for UPS and is also served by FedEx. For more information, please visit