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quick results Pre-flight Covid-19 testing to begin at airports


Passengers at Dublin Airport. Photo: Colin Keegan

Passengers at Dublin Airport. Photo: Colin Keegan

Passengers at Dublin Airport. Photo: Colin Keegan

Air passengers will be able to get rapid testing for Covid-19 at Shannon Airport and Cork Airport from this Thursday.

Pre-departure tests for passengers flying out of the airport will be offered in accordance with the EU's traffic light system for air travel.

Irish healthcare company RocDoc will provide the private testing service to the public, with test results available within a few hours.

Prices start at €149 per test. On-site mobile laboratories will process the tests. Results from RocDoc's tests using the Lamp method are available within a few hours.

They also provide tests using the PCR method. Patients can book their tests on CovidCheck.ie.

Rocdoc chief executive David Rock said: '"While our focus will be to provide testing for passengers flying in and out of the airports, our facility will also be open to members of the public who wish to have a test or local businesses who want to keep their staff safe.

"Since opening the country's first drive-through testing centre in Ashbourne in August, we have been inundated by enquiries from all over Ireland."

His firm also provides on-site express testing to meet the needs of large organisations that require same-day results.

From its headquarters in Ashbourne, Co Meath, RocDoc operates Ireland's only private drive-through Covid-19 testing service, which launched in August.

The new Shannon drive-through Covid-19 testing centre will be located in Coach Park 2 at the airport.

Mary Considine, CEO, Shannon Group, said: "This is really welcome for the local community and businesses. We all want a safe return to air travel and having the facility to offer pre-departure testing at the airport is an important step in restoring consumer confidence to fly again."

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