The International Air Transport Association (IATA) on Monday launched the trial of a pass designed for the pandemic era, Asia Times reported.
IATA has launched a two-week pilot trial of the digital pass on Singapore Airlines’ Singapore-London route.
The app, developed by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), will store passenger health information, including whether they have had virus tests or vaccinations, to streamline travel to the reopening of borders.
Singapore’s flag carrier said it would offer travelers traveling from the city-state to London between March 15-28 the chance to take part in the pilot if they have an iOS-powered phone. .
“Our partnership with Singapore Airlines for the first full rollout of the IATA Travel Pass will help get the world flying again,” said the industry body’s Nick Careen, AFP reported.
The initiative is overdue, as perhaps no global sector has been hit harder by COVID-19 than air travel.
Last year, international passenger demand was 75.6% lower than 2019 levels. Annual traffic for Asia-Pacific airlines fell 80.3% in 2020 compared to 2019, the largest decline in all regions, Asia Times reported.
To reopen borders without quarantine and restart aviation, governments must be confident that they are effectively mitigating the risk of COVID-19 importation. This means having accurate information about passengers’ COVID-19 health status.
Inform passengers of the tests, vaccinations and other measures they need before travelling, details of where they can get tested and give them the opportunity to share their tests and vaccination results in a verifiable way, secure and privacy-friendly is key to giving governments the confidence to open borders.
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