IATA in discussion with Indian airlines for Travel Pass

By livemint

Global aviation industry body, The International Air Transport Association (IATA), on Tuesday said that it is in discussion with major Indian airlines for the usage of its ‘Travel Pass’, a digital health pass that will manage and verify the secure flow of necessary testing or vaccine information among governments, airlines, laboratories and travellers.

“IATA is in discussion with all major Indian airlines for Travel Pass. We hope they sign up,” said Conrad Clifford, IATA’s Regional Vice President, Asia Pacific, in a media briefing on Tuesday.

“Two single largest barriers to travel (currently) are quarantine and lack of knowledge of regulations. Airlines want to get information out to customers. So, this is a logical extension of capabilities we provide to airlines,” he added.

As things stand, many prominent global airlines like Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Etihad and Air New Zealand have already signed up with IATA for accessing Travel Pass.

India’s largest domestic airline IndiGo is currently engaged with IATA for signing up for Travel Pass, a spokesperson of the airline said.

“We would look forward to seamless movement of our customers across borders during and post the pandemic. IndiGo is engaged with IATA to evaluate the IATA Travel Pass Initiative, for seamless movement of its customers across international borders,” the spokesperson added.

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