SWISS to become the first Lufthansa group airline to test the new IATA Travel Pass application on its Zurich-London Heathrow
Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is to become the first Lufthansa Group airline to test the new Travel Pass application currently under development by IATA, the airline industry’s umbrella organization. The trials will take place on SWISS’s Zurich-London Heathrow line from the end of April.
New IATA Travel Pass application allows travelers to check the latest coronavirus-related entry arrangements for their destination country. It also allows them to send their COVID-19 test results directly to the app. This allows the traveler to demonstrate to airlines and authorities that they meet the relevant entry requirements, without having to disclose other personal health information. The new application should also bring more speed and efficiency to the corresponding airport procedures.
The new IATA Travel Pass application meets the most stringent data protection requirements. All of the user’s health details remain on the app and at no time are they transmitted or centrally stored, ensuring the user has full control over all their personal data. The IATA Travel Pass has already been accepted as an official health document for entry purposes by the Singapore authorities.
Essential standardized parameters
“We support all efforts to make travel simple and reliable again during the coronavirus pandemic,” said Dieter Vranckx, CEO of SWISS. “Digital health documents, such as the IATA Travel Pass, make an invaluable contribution to reconciling the demand for mobility with the need for health protection, to make it easier for our customers to plan their trips with peace of mind and to restore health. confidence in the journey as a whole. We still consider it essential that consistent, unified, and mobility-promoting parameters are established and maintained, as well as internationally recognized and standardized processes for providing digital testing and vaccination certifications. This is the only way to guarantee that Switzerland can maintain the international links which are so vital for the country economically. ”
In addition to the IATA Travel Pass, SWISS is also evaluating the use of other digital solutions, such as the EU green pass and the CommonPass.
In addition to these options, other tests are underway – since mid-March on its Newark (United States) -Zurich route and since early April on flights from Zurich to Spain and Portugal – in the context of which SWISS travelers can upload their COVID test results to the SWISS.com website up to 12 hours before the start of their trip. This data will then be verified so that the traveler knows before departure whether he meets the official entry conditions of the country to which he is going. The ongoing tests here should also be extended to other SWISS routes.
Use of the IATA Travel Pass app and these digital document checks is optional. SWISS travelers are informed of all the options available to them in good time before their planned trip.
Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is the largest airline in Switzerland. Operating one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient aircraft fleets in Europe, SWISS offers direct flights from Zurich and Geneva that keep Switzerland connected with Europe and the world.