The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced that six airlines will implement the body’s IATA Travel Pass in a phased rollout across their networks.

The airlines include Etihad Airways, Jazeera Airways, Jetstar, Qantas, Qatar Airways, and Royal Jordanian, and they will join Emirates as implementation pioneers of the app.

The announcement was made at the 77th IATA Annual General Meeting being held in Boston, and follows eleven months of testing by 76 airlines.

The app allows travellers to check the requirements for their journey, receive test results and scan their vaccine certificates. As it stands, it accepts certificates from 52 countries and this will increase to 74 countries by the end of November.

Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General, commented:

“After months of testing, IATA Travel Pass is now entering the operational phase. The app has proven itself to be an effective tool to manage the complex mess of travel health credentials that governments require. And it’s a great vote of confidence that some of the world’s best known airline brands will be making it available to their customers over the coming months.”

IATA recently enhanced its Travel Pass digital passport app, allowing EU and UK digital Covid vaccinations certificates to be uploaded to the pass, and it said that the DCC should “serve as a blueprint” for other nations.