British Airways started a trial of the IATA Travel (02 Jun 2021) Pass, on flights from Heathrow to Geneva and Zurich in Switzerland on Tuesday.
Once the app has been downloaded onto a mobile device
from the app store, customers need to create an account and will be presented with the entry requirements for their destination.
British Airways’ customers can
then book a COVID19 test with an approved provider and the results will be automatically uploaded into the app by the laboratory.
The app checks that a customer meets the
entry requirements for their destination and will then notify the customer to let them know that they are ready to travel.
airline’s parent company, International Airlines Group (IAG), has been working closely with IATA to co-develop the app that is now being successfully piloted by other global airlines, including British Airways’ sister airline Iberia.
Sean Doyle, British Airways’ Chairman and CEO,
said, “We are committed to exploring ways to ensure that the customer journey is as frictionless as possible and sharing our learnings to help the travel industry take off again. We know that digital travel passes are part of the solution and they will also play a key role in offering those travelling the reassurance they need before they arrive at the airport. We hope to be able to offer a customer-friendly digital option for every British Airways international route that requires proof of government mandated COVID status documentation.”
British Airways is also currently trialing
digital travel app, VeriFLY, on routes to the US, France, Ireland, Barbados, Bahamas and Canada, as well as all inbound international flights. Once a customer has had their travel documentation certified through the app they will be able to check-in through either BA’s website or the British Airways app and download their boarding pass before arriving at the airport.
The airline’s customers travelling to Cyprus,
Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal can now also upload their negative COVID19 test result and other documentation directly into BA’s website for verification before travel. Editor’s note: As the above video interview was conducted over the internet, I would like to apologise that the audio and visual quality are not up to the same HD/UHD quality that it normally would be. Hopefully it won’t be too long until we are once again conducting exclusive video interviews in person, but for now we have to make do with what we have. Thank you. . See latest , Travel Industry News Video, Interviews Podcasts and other news regarding: , COVID19 , British Airways IATA Travel Pass
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