Emirates plans to use the International Air Transport Association Travel Pass, a Covid health app tested by airlines around the world, on all routes in its global network over the coming weeks.
The airline, which was one of the world’s first airlines to test the mobile app in April, is currently using it on flights to 10 cities in Europe and the United States, it said in Monday. a statement.
“From our biometric journey at Dubai International to initiatives such as the Iata Travel Pass and integration with health authority databases, these projects offer multiple benefits: better customer experiences with reduced paper usage, as well as ‘improved efficiency and reliability in travel document checks,’ said COO Adel Al Redha.
The Iata Travel Pass is expected to go live worldwide in a few weeks, Iata chief executive Willie Walsh said earlier this month.
A number of airlines in the Middle East and around the world will launch the digital pass for Covid-19 test results and vaccine certification, Mr Walsh said on June 10.
Emirates passengers can now use the Iata Travel pass when traveling between Dubai and London, Barcelona, Madrid, Istanbul, New York JFK Airport, Moscow, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris, depending on the airline.
Passengers on these flights can use the app to access the latest travel information related to Covid-19, including the location of PCR testing laboratories, and manage their Covid-19 travel documents such as vaccination and the latest PCR test results.
Passengers on these flights will receive an SMS and an email with the activation code and instructions to download the Iata Travel Pass app.
The app is now available for iOS and Android users, and can also be used by customers with non-biometric passports.
Integration of the Al Hosn application
Emirates has also partnered with the UAE’s Covid-19 health document and contact tracing app, Al Hosn.
From July, Emirates will integrate the Al Hosn app into its check-in systems, extending its existing integration with the Dubai Health Authority.
This will allow Emirates passengers traveling from the United Arab Emirates to benefit from rapid digital recovery and verification of Covid-19 medical records, regardless of where in the country they received the vaccine or suffered injuries. PCR and antigen testing, Emirates said.
The airline has addressed privacy concerns regarding digital health certification and verification applications.
“Customers who choose to allow access to their Covid-19 related health information through the Al Hosn app for travel purposes can be assured that once the check-in formalities are completed, the information relating to their Covid-19 medical records will be immediately deleted from the Emirates systems, ”the airline said.
Emirates, Etihad Airways, Saudia and Gulf Air are among the regional airlines that conduct Iata Travel Pass trials on certain routes.
The launch of the mobile app comes as Iata urges governments to allow the integration of Covid digital certificates into passenger apps such as its Travel Pass to relieve pressure on airports and airport checkpoints. immigration as passenger traffic rebounds.
Emirates plans to increase its capacity over the summer. By the end of July, it will have recovered nearly 90% of its network before the pandemic and will operate 880 weekly services to 124 cities, up from 115 in June.