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Published on Monday, May 24, 2021

Heathrow signs new parnership for affordable Covid testing

London Heathrow has signed up a new Covid-19 testing provider, which will offer tests starting at £59.

The UK's largest airport announced it has selected Cignpost ExpressTest to supply testing for arriving and departing passengers at Heathrow.

Passengers arriving at Heathrow from green list countries will have the option to take their tests on arrival, to comply with the Government's day two or earlier testing requirements.

The airport's passengers can also make use of Cignpost ExpressTest's regional sites across the country for both departure and arrivals testing, at the same reduced price.

The service will provide all passengers with their PCR test results by 10:00pm the following day.

The new arrangements will see testing facilities gradually being rolled out across all terminals and a number of the airport's car parks.

The airport-wide rollout is on track to be completed by August, when Cignpost ExpressTest will become the airport's main testing provider.

It builds upon an initial agreement between Heathrow and Cignpost ExpressTest which has been running successfully at the airport since December 2020.

Cignpost ExpressTest recently announced a major expansion, adding 10 new test centres across England, Scotland and Wales.

The additional coverage ensures that 80% of the UK population are within a one-hour drive of an ExpressTest site.

The testing provider offers fit to fly Covid-19 tests from £59, and Lateral Flow Tests from £35.

ExpressTest is also a selected provider to British Airways.

The agreement between Heathrow and Cignpost ExpressTest is expected to generate about 800 jobs,

Heathrow Chief Operating Officer, Emma Gilthorpe, said: "We're looking forward to working closely with Cignpost ExpressTest. This new agreement will help to keep testing costs competitive for our passengers, which is vital for a safe and meaningful restart."

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