MAG to introduce 11 new Covid-19 testing sites

Alongside partners Collinson and Randox, the group plan to provide additional drive-through and walk-in facilities  

Manchester Airports Group (MAG) has revealed plans to implement new testing sites across all three of its hubs in preparation for the restart of international travel.  

The operator is working in partnership with Collinson and British health company, Randox who will run the sites which are set to be a combination of both walk-in and drive-through.  

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Brad Miller, managing director of MAGO, commented on the new collaboration: “This new partnership means customers flying through our airports have a wide range of options to suit their circumstances. 

“By offering both arrival and departure tests, as well as a choice of walk-through and drive-through test centres, passengers know they can select whatever it is they need to make their trip as stress-free as possible.” 

David Evans, joint CEO of Collinson, added: "The new spacious facilities will enable more travellers to be tested in a safe and comfortable environment, ensuring that departures and arrivals can happen as conveniently as possible. 

“We're continuing to develop and strengthen our relationship with MAG, offering a full spectrum of tests and helping to support travellers as they prepare for a well-deserved summer break.” 

In total, 11 facilities are set to be installed across Manchester, East Midlands and Stansted airports. Passengers will be able to acquire both the regular and rapid PCR tests for departure and arrival.  

Standard variations take around 48 hours to get results, whereas the alternative only takes one to three hours.  

Collinson also offers a ‘test to release’ programme, which allows passengers to leave quarantine after five days if a negative rapid LAMP test is obtained.  

Last week (June 23), the travel industry organised a ‘Travel Day of Action’ whereby those within the sector urged minsters to fully reopen the industry. MAG contributed with employees staging a social media campaign in response to government restrictions.