Ethiopian Airlines Group is the first African airline to test the IATA Travel Pass, a digital travel mobile app designed to speed up testing and immunization verifications.
Travelers will need accurate COVID-19-related information, like as testing and immunization requirements, once travel resumes. The IATA Travel Pass program assists in verifying the authenticity of test information supplied by travellers, which is critical for guaranteeing passenger safety while adhering to country entry rules.
Effective April 25, 2021, the experiment will be undertaken on flights from Addis Ababa to Washington, DC, and Toronto, as well as flights from London and Toronto to Addis Ababa.
Ethiopian has gone digital in all of its operations in order to prevent physical touch and battle the spread of the pandemic, and now it is launching this program, which will provide customers with an unrivaled flight experience.
Mr Tewolde GebreMariam, Group CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, stated of the IATA travel pass trial, “Digital technology is important to eliminating many of the difficulties that arise from the pandemic.” We are pleased to provide additional digital options to our passengers in order to fully and safely resume air travel. With their travel pass digital passport, our clients will have a more efficient, frictionless, and secure travel experience. We are the first African airline to trial IATA’s travel pass program to facilitate travel as a safety-first airline. The new endeavor will boost traveler trust, urge governments to reopen their borders, and speed up the relaunch of the business.”
“Ethiopian Airlines is once again demonstrating its leadership position in Africa by becoming the first airline to execute a live trial of IATA Travel Pass,” said Nick Careen, IATA Senior Vice President for Airport, Passenger, Cargo, and Security. The study will assist governments and travelers gain trust that digital health apps can help resume aviation in a safe, secure, and convenient manner. The software serves as a one-stop shop for travelers looking to comply with the new travel regulations. And for governments to have complete confidence in the passenger’s identification and the validity of the travel documents submitted. We urge African governments to speed up the acceptance of digital health certificates for cross-continent travel.”
The Travel Pass will assist in the creation of a digital passport, the receipt of test and vaccination certificates and verification that they are enough for their route, and the sharing of testing or vaccination certificates with airlines and authorities in order to expedite travel. In addition to avoiding fake documentation, the digital travel software will make air travel more convenient.