Passengers travelling from Liverpool John Lennon Airport will be able to book a test and get a ‘Fit to Fly’ certificate now required by a number of countries. Tony McDonough reports
Liverpool John Lennon Airport will offer passengers COVID-19 tests from later this week.
Starting on Friday, December 18, the airport is teaming up with Knowsley-based Test Assurance Group (TAG) to set up a PCR testing facility in one of the airport car parks. The tests will cost £110 per person.
They will be aimed at passengers requiring a ‘Fit to Fly’ certificate. A number of countries now require all arriving passengers to prove that they have had a negative COVID-19 PCR test result between 48-72 hours before arrival.
From today (Thursday) TAG are taking bookings to provide passengers with a complete test, results and Fit to Fly certificate service, helping passengers looking to travel overseas once again meet all the necessary requirements.
TAG has developed a technology platform that over the coming months will help Liverpool Airport encourage more passengers to start to travel overseas once again, confident they meet the necessary health requirements of the country they are flying to.
The Knowsley based business has partnered with Salutaris to provide the clinical operators and process, and Randox Health for the laboratory testing process all of which are UKAS and ISO 15189 accredited.
It is expected that TAG (will also be able to offer tests for returning passengers looking to reduce their quarantine period to just five days as part of the Government’s ‘Test to Release’ scheme for passengers arriving from countries excluded from the list of travel corridors.
Lucy O’Shaughnessy, commercial director at the airport, said: “This is another important step along the road to recovery for the travel industry and we are delighted to be able to work with a local company to offer our passengers a convenient, hassle free service to help them get back to travelling overseas once more.”