Belfast City Airport will open an onsite Covid-19 testing centre in the coming weeks in partnership with healthcare firm Randox.

The facility will offer PCR and antigen tests in preparation for the return of international flights “in the coming months”. The airport has not listed the price of the tests, but Randox’s website states that the PCR tests cost €99, with results within 24 hours, and antigen tests cost €49, with results in an hour.

Work for the centre is currently underway by H and J Martin Asset Management Services, and it will include a resting area for passengers who have taken their test.

Judith Davis, Airport Operations Manager at Belfast City Airport, said:

“The PCR and antigen tests are a current requirement for passengers heading to the Netherlands, and with our KLM flights due to recommence over the next month, it is imperative that we have the testing facilities in place to enable those travelling for essential reasons to be able to do so in a convenient manner.

“The testing facilities will also help with forward planning for those who are connecting through major hub airports, such as Manchester and London Heathrow, or travelling to sunshine destinations with our new airline partner, Ryanair, allowing them to take the test before they leave Northern Ireland.”

David Adamson, Regional Manager at Randox Laboratories, added:

“Along the roadmap out of lockdown, testing will remain a key part of the response to Covid-19 – not only to identify cases and prevent further spread, but also to assist with a return to social and economic normality. The Randox Health Travel Centre at Belfast City Airport, providing accurate and cost-effective antigen and gold standard PCR testing, is another positive step towards the normalization of travel.

“We are pleased to be working with the airport to support their enormous efforts to restore public confidence in international travel and to get people back in the air again if and when they are required to do so.”

Belfast City airport is located just three miles from the city centre, with airline partners including Aer Lingus, British Airways, Eastern Airways, KLM, Loganair, and Ryanair.

Randox is also providing testing facilities at Dublin airport. For your round-up of airports offering Covid-19 testing services, see: