Birmingham Airport has launched Covid-19 drive-through testing service for passengers, in collaboration with Cignpost ExpressTest.

The site offers a fit to fly testing service, which is useful for passengers who are asymptomatic and so do not qualify for NHS emergency testing but require a negative result either to fly abroad or within the country.

Birmingham Airport Terminal Operations director Al Titterington said: “Following the success of Cignpost, which opened in January within the terminal building, this new drive-through service ensures our customers can book tests with even more ease and convenience.

“Here at Birmingham, we are continually putting our customers first by ensuring that as the travel restrictions change we have the right facilities in place to assist our customers and guarantee they are fully prepared for their trip.”

After the resumption of international leisure travel on 17 May 2021, Birmingham Airport registered a rise in passenger numbers with a restart of new flights by airlines to Portugal, Madeira and Greece.

The Covid-19 tests will be performed by trained screening practitioners using gold-standard PCR equipment that is fully CE-IVD certified and manufactured to the highest possible standards.

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The Birmingham Airport facility is said to be one of ten new Cignpost ExpressTest sites to open across the UK by the end of this month.

Featuring eight drive-through lanes, the facility will have the capacity to conduct 8,064 tests per week.

In another development, Halifax International Airport Authority in Canada has announced the availability of Covid-19 testing for passengers arriving at the airport from 8 June 2021.

The testing initiative at the airport will be conducted in collaboration with the Nova Scotia Government and Nova Scotia Health.

In Sweden, Swedavia, a state-owned company that owns and operates the ten busiest airports in the country, has signed an agreement with ExpressCare for setting up a Covid-19 test centre at Göteborg Landvetter Airport (GOT).