Covid test centre opens at City Airport and here’s some important questions answered...

George Best Belfast City Airport has today opened a new Covid-19 testing facility with leading global diagnostics company, Randox.

Monday, 19th April 2021, 12:47 pm
Updated Monday, 19th April 2021, 12:47 pm
John McConnell, H&J Martin, Judith Davis, Airport Operations Manager, and Sophie Boyd, Project Manager at Randox

The test centre, purpose-built by leading Belfast building firm H&J Martin, offers quick and affordable PCR and antigen (lateral flow) tests, with its opening coinciding with the resumption of international flights from Belfast City Airport.

Airport Operations Manager, Judith Davis, explained: “Flights have resumed today from Belfast City to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport with our airline partner KLM, which is another positive step as airlines across the world rebuild and restart their networks.

“Currently the Dutch Government requires all passengers entering the Netherlands to have taken and returned a negative result from both a PCR and an antigen (lateral flow) test. Providing this service on-site is the ultimate convenience for our passengers, which is something we pride ourselves on and continually strive to enhance.”

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PCR tests by Randox at Belfast City Airport are available at the reduced price of £85, with antigen tests available for £45.

Judith details further the benefits this offers the people of Northern Ireland: “These tests, which must be pre-booked, aren’t just reserved for passengers flying from Belfast City Airport but are also available for non-flying members of the general public. The fact that results from the antigen tests are returned within one hour, and a digital ‘safe to fly’ certificate is issued directly to the passenger’s mobile device, is also another huge bonus and adds a further layer of convenience for our customers who need to travel.”

Speaking of the partnership with Belfast City Airport, and the importance of this test facility at the UK and Ireland’s most convenient airport, Project Manager at Randox, Sophie Boyd added: “Randox are committed to supporting those wishing to undertake international travel, including holidays, and the travel industry. In doing so we believe we will be improving wellbeing and supporting employment. As flights resume and we open the Randox Health Travel Centre at Belfast City Airport we will provide competitive, effective and efficient testing to support the travelling public.

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Belfast City Airport and wish them every success in re-establishing their international travel links.”

This Covid-19 testing facility is the latest health and safety measure to be implemented at Belfast City Airport, which was the first airport in Northern Ireland to achieve the ACI’s Airport Health Accreditation for its extensive, thorough, and best-in-class passenger safety procedures.

“The wellbeing of our passengers and staff remains of paramount importance to us and those travelling to the airport can be reassured that stringent measures are in place for their safety,” Judith concluded.

Covid-19 testing at Belfast City Airport is available by appointment only and slots can be booked now at www.randox.com.

Some important questions answered:

Q. How much do Covid-19 tests costs at Belfast City Airport?

PCR tests cost £85 and antigen (lateral flow) tests cost £45

Q. How quickly do I get my results?

Results from a PCR test are returned to customers within 12-24 hours. Results from an antigen test are returned to customers within one hour. Results are issued directly by email.

Q. Do you need to pre-book tests at Belfast City Airport?

Yes, Covid-19 testing at Belfast City Airport is available by appointment only. Walk-ups are not currently facilitated.

Q. How do I book a Covid-19 test at Belfast City Airport?

Tests are available to book at booking.randox.com

Q. Are tests available for passengers only?

No, tests are available for both passengers and non-flying members of the public. For those non-flying passengers, parking is available at Belfast City Airport throughout their appointment at a flat rate of £2

Q. What are the opening hours of the Covid-19 test centre at Belfast City Airport

Currently, these opening hours are 08.30-15.30, in line with our international flight schedule.

This will be kept under review in line with Government directives on international travel, passenger demand and flights schedules at the airport

Q. Where can I get more information on Covid-19 testing by Randox?

Full details on Covid-19 testing with Randox can found at www.randoxhealth.com

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