Finnair has begun trials of the IATA Travel Pass on flights between Heathrow and Helsinki.

The app enables passengers to receive Covid-19 test results and vaccination certificates and verify they are eligible to undertake their journey through an ‘OK to Travel’ status.

The Finnish flag carrier is trialling the digital health pass until August 11 and will collect feedback from customers and crew during this period to help shape the future development of the app. The airline has provided step-by-step instructions on using the app on its website.

Ole Orver, Finnair Chief Commercial Officer, said that the airline is exploring other digital solutions to “ease travelling and coronavirus related travel document management”.

He added:

“Covid-19 travel restrictions have disrupted millions of travellers all around the world. They have also severely contributed to ever-present anxieties for travellers across the whole aviation sector.

“The industry is in need for current protocols to be replaced with more effective, digital solutions to simplify coronavirus travel procedures.”

The IATA Travel Pass has been under development since last year, and over 50 airlines have signed up for trials in the coming weeks and months. To read more about the initiative, see:

IAG working with IATA on its new Travel Pass

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