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Etihad Airways has announced that it is unveiling the International Air Transport Association Travel Pass, a Covid health app being tested by various airlines around the world, to seven destinations on its network in Europe, North America and Asia. Southeast to simplify travel procedures during the Covid -19 pandemic.
Passengers on Etihad Airways flights between Abu Dhabi and Bangkok, Barcelona, Geneva, Madrid, Milan, New York and Singapore can now use the app, a single platform to manage Covid-19 tests and vaccination certificates, a the airline announced on Wednesday.
The airline is working closely with Iata to expand the digital travel app to more cities in its network.
“The feedback from the Iata Travel Pass trial has been positive, with Etihad guests appreciating its ease of use and data security,” said Mohammad Al Bulooki, COO of Etihad Aviation Group.
The app will offer “more customers the ability to simplify their travel and experience at the airport”.
Currently, 74 airlines are testing or have committed to testing the app on 168 routes spanning all continents, Iata said.
The testing phase of the application will be completed globally over the next few weeks, said Nick Careen, senior vice president of operations, safety and security at Iata, during a presentation in line July 7.
“Etihad’s decision to expand the Iata Travel Pass based on positive customer feedback is a strong endorsement of the solution,” Careen said Wednesday. “It’s great to see the app in use, making it easier to restart international travel. “
Etihad passengers should download the Iata Travel Pass app from the Android or iOS app stores, where they can add their travel itinerary, view the requirements of their destination authorities, and securely share their test results. PCR, the airline said.
The app also allows users to upload vaccination certificates, which facilitates travel procedures to destinations where vaccinations are considered a requirement.
Currently, the app is able to accept EU Covid digital certificates issued by the bloc’s 27 member states, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Lichtenstein, as well as vaccine certificates from Singapore.
Etihad Airways and Emirates were among the first airlines in the world to start testing the Iata Travel Pass in April this year as part of efforts to find a common standard for travelers to validate their Covid-19 health documents and to meet travel requirements.
In June, Emirates said passengers traveling between Dubai and London, Barcelona, Madrid, Istanbul, New York JFK Airport, Moscow, Frankfurt, Charles De Gaulle in Paris and Amsterdam could use the Iata Travel Pass to manage their vaccinations. and their Covid-19 tests. results.
The airline is making progress with plans to extend the app to its global network this summer, according to a statement released on June 30.
Digital health certificates will not only give governments confidence in a passenger’s Covid-19 status, but they will also be key to avoiding chaos at airports once travel resumes, Mr Careen said in the presentation in online earlier this month.
Without improvements to current systems, airport processes could reach five and a half hours per trip at 75% of pre-Covid traffic levels and eight hours per trip once pre-Covid traffic levels are reached, he said.
Before the pandemic, passengers spent an average of about 90 minutes going through the travel processes for each trip. The processes include check-in, border security and control, customs and baggage claim, according to Iata.
Current data indicates airport processing times have doubled to three hours during peak hours, with travel volumes only around 30% of pre-Covid levels, Iata said.
“Vaccine control and test certificates need to be digitized and moved out of airports before traffic picks up,” Careen said. “The solution is digital health passes. “
Iata has urged governments to issue their citizens with a Covid-19 digital PCR test or vaccination certificate when tested or vaccinated so that they have verifiable documents on their mobile devices.
Authorities have also been asked to issue proof of vaccination certificates with QR codes readable by airlines and allowing passengers to share their Covid test or vaccination details before travel.
Update: July 29, 2021, 6:52 am