(21 Mar 2021)
Hong Kong’s Airport Authority has successfully
conducted a digital health pass trial at Hong Kong International
The trial was conducted with Los Angeles
International Airport, Cathay Pacific, The Commons Project – a
digital health pass developer, and Prenetics – a COVID19 test
In the trial, air crew members of Cathay Pacific
role-played as passengers and took the COVID19 test at HKIA’s
testing centre. Test results were sent to those passengers through
the mobile application in the form of digital health pass which
were presented to the airline staff for check-in. Upon arrival at
Los Angeles International Airport, the role-playing passengers
presented their digital health pass to local staff for validation
and entered Los Angeles successfully.
Vivian Cheung, Executive Director, Airport
Operations of the Airport Authority said, “As COVID19 tests and vaccinations are
poised to become new essentials for air travellers in the future,
a digital solution is required to effectively integrate this new
requirement into the existing digitalised travel process, from
laboratory to check-in and to landing.”
HKIA has been collaborating with major hub
airports around the world to facilitate the adoption of digital
solutions to tackle challenges such as trustworthiness of paper
reports, diversified and dynamic entry requirements across
countries and regions, long queues for passengers for document
check, and labour intensive checking duties for airline staff.
“Resumption of air travel in a safe way is our top
priority. Traffic recovery is hard to be sustainable with manual
handling of the paper records without error to match the
requirements of each country, which could also be changed
from time to time. We will continue to work with the industry
partners including the Government to make HKIA to be one of the
first airports in the world to adopt digital health pass
solutions,” added Mrs Cheung.
More on this story to come.
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