COVID-19 DRIVE-THROUGH SERVICE LAUNCHED AT BIRMINGHAM AIRPORT 

Covid-19 Drive-through service launched at Birmingham Airport

The site offers a Fit to Fly testing service that passengers will be able to use, following the resumption of international leisure travel 

Cignpost ExpressTest(a division of Cignpost Diagnostics Ltd) will tomorrow (Saturday 5th June) open a drive through Covid-19 screening service at Birmingham Airport. The new facility will be particularly useful for members of the public who are asymptomatic and so do not qualify for NHS emergency testing, but require a negative result either to visit family members, or to fly abroad to since international travel resumed on 17th May.  

The tests on offer are priced at £80 per person for travel passengers and £99 per person for the test-only service. ExpressTest is delivered using the latest gold standard PCR equipment that is fully CE-IVD certified and manufactured to the highest possible standards, and tests are carried out by trained Screening Practitioners.  

Since the resumption of international leisure travel on May 17, Birmingham Airport has seen an increase in  passenger numbers with airlines restarting several new flights to Portugal, Madeira and Greece. 

The drive through facility builds upon an existing partnership between Cignpost ExpressTest and Birmingham Airport, with a walk-in site being open since January. The facility will accommodate 8 drive-through lanes with a testing capacity of 8,064 tests per week.  

The Birmingham Airport facility is one of ten new Cignpost ExpressTest sites to open across the UK before the end of June. This expansion means that 80% of the population will be within a 60-minute drive of a Cignpost ExpressTest site. As well as being a selected provider of discounted COVID-19 testing to British Airways, the company also provides gold-standard PCR tests at Gatwick, Heathrow and Edinburgh Airports, as well as at Brent Cross Shopping Centre. 

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.    

“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.”  

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