National Aviation Services (NAS) (NAS.aero), the fastest growing aviation services provider in emerging markets, is the world’s first ground handling agent (GHA) to integrate with the Travel Pass of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). IATA made the announcement today at the 33rd IATA Ground Handling Conference in Prague. The IATA Travel Pass is a mobile application that helps passengers easily and securely manage their travel in accordance with government requirements for COVID-19 testing or vaccine information.

NAS joined its Medical Utility Network Accreditor (MUNA) with the IATA Travel Pass. MUNA, based on patented blockchain technology, connects audited laboratories in more than 740 cities in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the United States. The online platform offers verified and authenticated PCR test certificates to facilitate procedures for travelers and airport staff. MUNA also connects to KuwaitMosafer, another NAS-developed web platform that facilitates travel to Kuwait and includes the online vaccine certificate from the Kuwait Ministry of Health. These “digital passports” allow travelers to manage all their travel documents transparently and are also a suitable solution for airlines and airport authorities.

Rami Al Haddad, Group CIO at NAS, stressed that “NAS is proud to have pioneered innovative travel solutions throughout the pandemic. We are excited to integrate with IATA Travel Pass to not only improve the customer experience but also meet airline, airport and government requirements – Through integration with IATA Travel Pass, anyone tested through MUNA or with vaccine credentials attested by MUNA can use QR codes from these platforms, for faster passage through airports around the world.

NAS is present at more than 55 airports in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, providing services to more than half of the ten largest airlines in the world and to major aviation hubs. Its pioneering service portfolio also includes cargo management, airport technologies, lounge management, meeting and support services, and aviation training. The company adheres to the strictest international aviation standards and holds a number of global certifications including the IATA Ground Operations Safety Audit (ISAGO) which underscores the company’s promise to provide high quality service. quality, with a strong emphasis on safety and security.

“Ground operations will stop if ground handling agents have to manage passengers’ COVID-19 travel requirements – test results or vaccine certifications – with paper documents. The IATA Travel Pass’s NAS integration with MUNA will allow passengers to easily upload their verified COVID. -19 test MUNA results in IATA Travel Pass and verify they have the correct health certificates for their destination so they can arrive at the airport ready to fly. We hope this cooperation will become a model for other ground handlers to follow, ”Nick Careen, IATA Senior Vice President for Operations, Safety and Security.

(With contributions from APO)

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