By Charlotte Seet
Emirates becomes the first airline to implement the IATA travel pass
The current Covid-19 pandemic has made passenger travel far more inconvenient than before, with additional documents and security measures required before entry and exit are permitted in dozens of countries around the world. .
This then paved the way for various innovative solutions developed by many companies, such as the IATA Travel Pass, which effectively acts as a digital passport for passengers, storing important documents such as Covid-19 test results, vaccination certificates and any other information that may be required in a single application.
Such innovation aims not only to improve the efficiency and reliability of cross-border travel, but also to bring environmental benefits through the digitization of what would otherwise be a paper-heavy solution.
Several airlines around the world have piloted successful trials but had yet to implement the technology into their operations until Emirates announced this week that it had signed a contract with IATA to fully implement the technology. digital innovation on its global network, making the Gulf carrier the leading airline. do this.
The move follows successful trials that Emirates piloted in April using selected routes from its Dubai hub, which were then rolled out to customers also in June.
With full implementation, the IATA Travel Pass will initially be available to Emirates passengers traveling from 50 cities, before gradually expanding to all of the airline’s 120 destinations by October.
“We are delighted to partner with IATA on the IATA Travel Pass solution, from early pilot testing to full implementation, and we will continue to work closely with IATA on enhancements to make travel even easier. safer and smoother for travellers,” said Adel Al, Emirates Chief Operating Officer. Redha said in a statement.
Regarding how the full implementation will help passengers, IATA Senior Vice President of Operations, Safety and Security Nick Careen said in a statement. that it would be similar to a “one stop shop” that supplies and stores everything. “via a secure automated process.”
Even before the pandemic, Emirates was known to be one of the most creative airlines in the industry, having consistently invested in various technologies to benefit its passengers.
The likes of biometric technology in gates, lounges and even check-in counters are just some of the investments made by the Gulf carrier. The airline said the investments paid off as Covid-19 continued to ravage the industry, as the contactless experience proved useful throughout the airline’s process amid heightened concerns. in terms of health and safety.
Having seen a positive trend in the use of biometric technology since the start of the pandemic, Emirates has developed plans with Dubai International Airport to further expand the implementation of biometric technology.