Emirates has reached an agreement with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to roll out a digital health pass to all customers on the airline’s network.
“Emirates continues to invest in technology and solutions, like IATA Travel Pass, so that we can deliver smooth journeys and contactless experiences for our customers while enabling our airport teams to handle document checks efficiently and in compliance with regulatory requirements,“ Adel Al Redha, the chief operating officer of the airline, announced in the Emirates statement dated September 23, 2021.
Emirates has worked with IATA and its partners to improve the IATA Travel Pass experience based on customer input since the trials began in June 2021. The digital health pass pilot version was initially tested gradually on 12 Emirates routes.
After a few months of testing, the airline opted to sign a contract with IATA and become the first carrier to adopt the pass across its global network on all six continents. The airline now plans to roll out the digital solution to more than 120 locations by October 2021.
“We are pleased to partner with IATA on the IATA Travel Pass solution from early pilot trials to full implementation and we will continue to work closely with IATA on enhancements to facilitate even more secure and smoother journeys for travelers,“ Adel Al Redha said.
Emirates anticipates that the IATA Travel Pass will assist the airline in shortening lines during document checking procedures upon arrival at the airport of departure, as well as providing correct information to its passengers on COVID-19 test requirements. The software will also check with the airline and border officials to see if a passenger fits the conditions for travel.
Meanwhile, travelers will be given relevant information on test requirements while traveling to a specific nation, as well as instructions on where they can get tested or vaccinated.
“By offering travellers with a one-stop shop to demystify, manage, and process these credentials through a secure automated process, they can arrive at the airport ready to fly.”
This will avoid queuing and congestion for document checks – to the benefit of travelers, airlines, airports, and governments,” Nick Careen, the senior vice president of operations, safety, and security at IATA, said.