Aer Lingus has become the latest carrier to trial the IATA Travel Pass digital passport app.
The app enables passengers to receive Covid-19 test results and verify they are eligible to undertake their journey through an ‘OK to Travel’ status.
It is initially being trialled on Aer Lingus flights between Amsterdam and Dublin.
The airline’s parent company IAG has been working with IATA to develop the Travel Pass app since it was first announced in late 2020, and Aer Lingus’ sister carriers British Airways and Iberia have both recently announced trials of the app.
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The carrier said that “to ensure frictionless travel it has been progressing with a number of digital solutions in addition to the IATA Travel Pass, including Veriflywhich has been trialled on routes to and from the US and London Heathrow”.
“Ireland is known around the world over for its hospitality,” said IATA’s director general Willie Walsh. “IATA Travel Pass can help Ireland move beyond the current harsh welcome of a stay in quarantine that is keeping visitors away, separating families and destroying jobs.
“The IATA Travel Pass is a digital solution to verify the COVID-19 testing and vaccination status of passengers. We look forward to a successful trial with Aer Lingus that should give the government the confidence it needs to re-open its borders and safely reclaim Ireland’s welcoming reputation.”
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