“Fit to Fly” drive-through launches at Birmingham Airport

by Emma Drew
Woman in blue PPE equipment, wearing mask and visa tests passengers at covid-19 car screening

This month Birmingham Airport launched its new onsite Covid-19  ExpressTest Drive-through service.  The Fit to Fly testing service which launched earlier this month, will enable flyers who are asymptomatic to show a negative result before flying, without needing NHS emergency testing.

ExpressTest is delivered using the latest gold standard PCR equipment that is fully CE-IVD certified and will be carried out by fully trained Screening Practitioners.

The facility will accommodate eight drive-through lanes with a testing capacity to perform approximately 8,064 covid-19 tests per week.  The tests on offer are priced at £80 per person for travel passengers of the airport and £99 per person for those wanting the test-only service.

Birmingham Airport is now one of only ten new Cignpost ExpressTest sites to open across the UK. Other airports operating a similar service include Gatwick, Heathrow and Edinburgh. More airlines are increasingly stipulating passengers must provide evidence they are fit to fly. United Airlines has made it compulsory for crew members and passengers to carry out a pre-flight COVID-19 test before departure. 

Fit to fly covid-19 car drive through screening is launched at Birmingham Airport

Fit to fly covid-19 car drive through screening is launched at Birmingham Airport

Christian Corney, CEO of Cignpost ExpressTest  said:

“At Cignpost ExpressTest we are passionate about providing customers with very best testing experience as they prepare to travel. We have seen increasing desire for testing since international travel resumed in England and expect to see increased demand in the coming days and weeks. Our new drive through centre at Birmingham Airport builds upon a strong pre-existing partnership and will be a great addition to our nationwide services. We are proud to bring Covid-19 screening services to the local community, and whether for personal or business travel, we remain committed to delivering the best possible service at an affordable price.”  

Al Titterington, Terminal Operations Director of Birmingham Airport said: “We are pleased to have developed and expanded the fit to fly testing service here at the Airport.  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.”

Birmingham Airport also added:

“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.”  

The launch of the covid-19 drive through screening will help to get international travel back up and running, enabling more passengers to visit the destinations they love or to reunite with friends and family members once again.

What do you think about the new covid-19 drive through screening service at airports? Let us know in the comments below.

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