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Rapid COVID-19 testing has been introduced at Southampton Airport, pictured. This comes after the introduction of testing facilities at Aberdeen and Glasgow airports in March. The terminal-based facilities offer passengers PCR and antigen testing.

The airports’ owner AGS Airports Ltd has now introduced the new testing facilities across its three airports with the ACS Pacesetters guarding firm ICTS UK & Ireland; and TAC Healthcare Group.

TAC Healthcare Group will run the onsite testing lab providing passengers with a pre-flight service. Results of PCR tests are returned within 12 hours, while antigen test results take 15 minutes. Besides provision of aviation security services, the ICTS Security teams facilitate the testing services at all the three AGS airports.

The airport operator says that facilities at the airport have been designed to support pre-booked appointments for passengers. PCR testing can be done via a park-and-test method in the short stay multi-storey car park; or a walk-up test at the terminal.

Passengers are advised to make appointments for either testing method in advance, through Southampton Airport’s website, which include links to UK Government travel advice.

A specialist TAC Healthcare-run testing lab has been set up to provide passengers with a pre-flight service.

Steve Szalay, Operations Director at Southampton Airport, said: “The introduction of these fantastic on-site testing facilities will not only provide our passengers with a quick and convenient service, they will be instrumental in providing support to our safe restart plans as international flights resume following the lifting of restrictions earlier this month.”

Phil Webb, CEO of C7 Health (Parent Company of TAC Healthcare Group), said: “TAC is delighted to further support ICTS and AGS and through our continuing advancement in technology allowing us to promote a more efficient service that will support the return to air travel in a safe and efficient manner.”

And ICTS UK & Ireland, Managing Director, Andy Kynoch said: “We are pleased to provide passengers with an easy and convenient testing facility which supports the safe resumption of air travel. Our collaboration with the AGS Group and TAC Healthcare echoes ICTS’ theme for this year: winning through teamwork and innovation.”



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