Manchester Airport (MAN) in the UK is planning to quadruple the number of testing centres across its entire campus before international travel resumes.

Currently, Manchester Airport operates one testing site and plans to increase it to four under the new initiative.

British health company Randox will join existing testing partner Collinson to operate the sites.

The airport will feature both walk-through and drive-through testing centres.

Randox sales director David Ferguson said: “We are delighted to be working with Manchester Airports Group to support its enormous efforts to ensure passenger safety, and with premium Covid testing services in place across Manchester, East Midlands and London Stansted airports, our new partnership will allow people to get back in the air again when international travel resumes.”

Manchester Airports Group (MAG) also owns East Midlands (EMA) and London Stansted (STN) airports in the country.

Together, Randox and Collinson will run 11 sites across MAG’s three airports, providing travellers access to a range of arrival and departure tests.

They will offer packages for amber/green list countries, as well as a Test to Release service that unlocks travellers from quarantine after a full five days.

Tests including Randox’s rapid one to three-hour PCR test and Collinson’s same-day Test to Release offering will be available.

Manchester Airport managing director Karen Smart said: “We are pleased to be increasing our testing facilities at Manchester Airport ahead of international travel re-starting in earnest.

“Our partnership with Collinson has proved to be successful since launching in December and we are delighted to be welcoming Randox on board. This new partnership means customers flying through our airports have a wide range of options to suit their circumstances.

“By offering both arrival and departure tests, as well as a choice of walk-through and drive-through test centres, passengers know they can select whatever it is they need to make their trip as stress-free as possible.”