The Manchester Airports Group (MAG) has launched Covid-19 testing facilities at all three of its airports. A full range of tests – RT-PCR, RT-LAMP, rapid antigen and antibody – will be available to all passengers in one location, delivered in partnership with airport services and travel medical provider Collinson.
The group says this will give passengers using Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands Airports flexibility when planning their trips. It notes that some governments allow pre-departure tests in order to shorten or completely alleviate quarantine requirements in the destination country, while others require them in order to gain entry. Having a full range of tests available at the airport will let passengers choose whichever process they need to meet the pre-departure testing requirements for the most popular markets, such as Spain and Italy, as well as some long-haul destinations. They will also be able to book the tests they need to shorten their self-isolation period upon return under the UK government’s ‘Test to Release’ scheme.
MAG CEO Charlie Cornish commented, “With many countries now welcoming visitors who can show they are infection-free, we wanted to make the process of planning a holiday or business trip as easy and cost-effective as possible in the current circumstances. That is why we have created a booking option on our website, which enables you to select the right test for the right destination, and at the location that is most convenient for you – either at one of our airports or on the high street.
“With the right facilities and booking system in place, we are also perfectly placed to support the introduction of a UK arrivals testing regime, which will enable travelers to reduce the length of time they need to self-isolate. Subject to the relevant tests securing government approval, this could free people from quarantine after just five days.”