(4 Feb 2021)
SITA has launched Health Protect – an industry
solution designed to help airlines, airports, governments, and
passengers safely and securely share information on health tests
or vaccinations needed during travel.
Successful trials have already been undertaken
with travelers to the United Arab Emirates, and will soon start at
Milan Malpensa Airport.
The ability for passengers to share vital
health information such as PCR test results or vaccination history
with authorities is increasingly important. SITA’s Health Protect
allows airlines and passengers to submit these required documents
safely and securely in line with specific government requirements.
By incorporating Advance Passenger Processing (APP),
Health Protect enables authorities to make an informed decision whether a
passenger can travel at the point of check-in, improving the
safety of all passengers and avoiding costly return flights.
Passengers without the required documentation, or considered
high risk, will be unable to check-in for their flight. By facilitating the inclusion
of health pass schemes into existing, proven, and trusted
passenger processing systems, Health Protect minimizes the
operational and technical impact on carriers and ports.
Combining the functionality of passenger locator forms, health
attestations, and travel declarations, as well as Electronic
Travel Authorization (ETA), Health Protect helps to deliver
confidence and provides passenger certainty that they have the right
documents before departure, vitally at a time when borders
regulations change regularly.
At the airport, Health
Protect also integrates with existing airport passenger
processing systems to verify the health status of the passenger at
each point in the process using SITA Flex touchless passenger flow
David Lavorel, CEO of Airports and Borders at SITA, said, “We’re excited for the potential of SITA
Health Protect to bridge the gap between airlines resuming normal
operations and governments’ strong focus on keeping control of
COVID19. Recovery from COVID19 will take time and is complex but
we believe that SITA can play a key role in enabling a safer,
simpler travel experience for passengers.”
This week for the first time, a small group of air
travelers flying from Germany and Estonia to the United Arab
Emirates tested the health data platform and app SimplyGo in a
trial, travelers obtained a negative COVID19 result via their SimplyGo app before traveling. The data was then securely stored
on the SimplyGo platform to be accessed by airlines and border
officials authorizing boarding of the plane and eventually arrival
at the destination country, the United Arab Emirates. Integration
with the UAE government systems was made possible through the
Advance Passenger Processing platform delivered by SITA.
Integrating SimplyGo with APP forms part of SITA’s Health Protect
ecosystem, simplifying and automating the inclusion of health data
into existing airline, airport, and government processes. By
adapting APP to meet the current health demands of COVID19,
passengers can be processed faster and experience a more enjoyable
journey while the airport benefits from improved efficiency and
Similarly, SEA Milan Airports, Italy’s second
busiest airport, is collaborating with SITA to pilot an innovative
platform that digitalizes declarations on COVID-9 tested flights
and manages the testing process at Milan Malpensa (MXP) airport.
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