Airports Council International (ACI World) has launched a new app enabling passengers to find out information about the health measures in place at individual airports worldwide.

The Check and Fly app is currently available on Apple devices, and ACI World said that it was “a way for airports to communicate to passengers directly as to what to expect when they plan to travel, helping them to meet any requirements, and making their journeys smoother and more efficient”.

The trade association is also developing a portal to allow passengers to access the information via the web, and once completed, airports will be able to provide up to date information directly into the service.

Commenting on the news, ACI World Director General Luis Felipe de Oliveira said:

“The recovery of air travel will rely on passenger confidence in the industry’s focus on their health and welfare, and the Check and Fly app helps to communicate directly with passengers about the health and hygiene measures that have been introduced.

“Airports are vital cogs in the aviation ecosystem and, as important engines of growth, wealth creation, and employment, the recovery of the airport sector will be a significant driver of the global economic recovery.

“ACI is supporting airports with programmes like Check and Fly and Airport Health Accreditation to help them demonstrate to passengers, regulators, and governments that they are prioritizing health and safety in a measurable, established manner.

“Collaboration remains key to a globally-coordinated recovery and we are grateful to our members for the partnership we have forged to deliver this important tool which will contribute to the rebuilding of passenger confidence in air travel.”

This week ACI World called on governments to replace blanket quarantine requirements with “robust testing” programmes for travellers.

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