(23 Feb 2021)
Air New Zealand has confirmed that it will trial
IATA’s digital Travel Pass app
Auckland-Sydney route in April.
The trial will run for three weeks once the app
hits app/android store shelves in April, and both aircrew and
customers will be invited to join the trial.
“Once borders reopen, travel is going to look very
different, with customers’ health data needing to be verified at
check-in,” said Air New Zealand Chief Digital Officer, Jennifer Sepull.
“It’s essentially like having a digital health certificate that
can be easily and securely shared with airlines. This will give
customers peace of mind that they meet all travel requirements for
the different countries around the world before they even get to
Customers will be able to create a digital health
wallet linked to their e-passport. Once travellers have been
tested and/or vaccinated, labs will securely send data to the
individual’s app which then checks requirements for travel against
the data and customers who meet those travel requirements will be
given the green tick to travel.
IATA’s Senior Vice President Airport, Passenger,
Cargo and Security, Nick Careen, said, “Air New Zealand’s trial of IATA Travel Pass will
help give governments the confidence to re-open borders and
passengers the confidence to travel. The app has been developed
with the highest levels of data privacy and security, so
passengers always remain in control of their COVID19 health
information. And governments can be confident that passengers who
are “Ok to Travel” are in full compliance of COVID19 travel
Singapore Airlines became the first airline in the
to trial IATA’s Travel Pass in January. Since then, Emirates,
Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Copa Airlines, and now Air New
Zealand have all confirmed plans to test the initiative.
The initiative, which in many aspects is still
very much under development, builds on IATA’s Timatic solutions
which airlines already use to verify passenger travel document
requirements for their destination and any transit points. The
personalized information Timatic delivers includes the passenger’s
destination, transit points, nationality, travel document,
residence country etc. IATA Travel Pass is currently scheduled to
go live in March.
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