Belfast International Airport is working in collaboration with leading global diagnostics firm, Randox, to provide quick and affordable tests for its passengers to help boost consumer confidence in the travel industry.
A new walk in testing facility has been launched at the Maldron Hotel, Belfast International Airport providing rapid PCR tests for those who require a negative test before travelling.
It is hoped the newly formed service will provide passengers with a cost effective, reliable and convenient COVID-19 testing service prior to their travels.
Graham Keddie, Managing Director at Belfast International Airport said: “Many destinations now require passengers to have a negative PCR COVID-19 test no more than 72 hours before arrival. We have been urging Government to roll out Airport testing here so that we can boost consumer confidence and help to get the industry moving again.
“The tests provided by Randox are administered by trained clinicians which decreases the likelihood of an inconclusive result. Passengers can receive their certified results next day, which if negative, allow them to travel to their chosen destination.”
“We want to make it as easy as possible for our passengers to travel to their destination. We already have a close working relationship with Randox and we are delighted to partner with them on this important development for the travel industry.
The new COVID-19 facility at the airport at the Maldron Hotel, on site at Belfast International Airport provides a convenient location for passengers right across Northern Ireland, with free onsite parking available. The service will be supported by a state-of-the-art testing laboratory within easy reach of the airport, ensuring the price is kept to a minimum and the results can be turned around quickly.
Sophie Boyd, Project Manager for the Randox Express COVID-19 Testing Service, said:
“We are proud to be working with Belfast International Airport to make COVID-19 testing accessible, affordable and reliable for all travellers.
“We have worked hard to ensure the PCR test is as easy as possible for passengers. People can simply visit the airport website to book a test at a date and time to suit. They can then arrive for their test and receive their results the next day via email.
“It’s great to be able to provide this service to the airport and help support them in getting people back in the air again.”
This new testing provision will strengthen the health measures already in place at the airport in line with the international campaign “Protecting each other” developed and promoted by VINCI Airports for all the airports in its network worldwide.
Based on hygiene recommendations issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), this campaign helped improve the cleaning and disinfection protocols, physical distancing, staff protection and passenger communications since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The COVID-19 testing from Randox is available to book now via the airport’s website and passengers will be able to attend a Randox Testing facility at the Maldron Hotel, or at a Randox Health Clinic in either Crumlin or Holywood,. Prices are set by the testing provider costing £99.00.