Air France Adds Montreal – Paris Flights to IATA Travel Pass Trial

(24 Jun 2021)
By adding Montreal-Paris to its flights trialing the
IATA Travel Pass app, Air France becomes the first airline to
introduce a pilot program for outbound flights at Montral-Trudeau
airport (YUL) digitizing negative COVID19 test results.

It is carrying out the program jointly with the
Biron Health Group.

The pilot program will focus strictly on outbound
Air France flights from Montral-Trudeau to Paris-Charles de
Gaulle between 24 June and 15 July 2021.

Not only does the IATA Travel Pass reduce the
danger of people using fake certificates and test results to
travel, the
mobile application also enables travelers to:


– Check
up on the latest COVID19 related entry requirements for their
destination;

– Have the results of their COVID19
test performed at partner laboratories sent directly into the app;

– Securely store those documents in the app so they can
demonstrate to airlines and authorities that they meet the
relevant entry requirements, without having to divulge further
information about their personal health.

This trial is free
of charge for customers and offered on a voluntary basis. It is
open to customers travelling on Air France-operated flights with
Paris as a final destination.

Testing will be carried out
at the Biron Health Group’s onsite facilities at the
Montral-Trudeau International Airport. Eligible passengers will
receive a notification a few days before departing for Paris.
Testing is possible on the day of departure for travellers aged 11
and up who have not been vaccinated or have only received their
first dose, as they are required to present proof of a negative
PCR or antigen test result issued within 72 hours of their
departure to enter France.

What steps must a traveller
follow?

– The traveller downloads the IATA Travel Pass app
available on the Apple Store and Google Play and activates it
using the code transmitted by Air France;

– He books an
appointment for his PCR or antigen test on the Biron Health Group
website. At the time of the test, he asks to have the result integrated
directly to the IATA Travel Pass;

– At the airport, the
traveler proceeds to the Air France SkyPriority counter. When
checking travel formalities, he presents his phone instead of a
printed result.

IATA Travel Pass meets the strictest data
protection requirements. All the user’s health details remain on
the app: at no point are they transmitted or centrally stored,
which assures the user of total control over all their personal
data.

Already deployed from New York-JFK and Barcelona,
this test marks a new step toward simplifying travel.

Air France
applies the strictest health measures and offers its customers
total ticket flexibility, with the possibility of postponing or
cancelling or being refunded for any trip planned before December
31, 2021 free of charge.

“Our team is
delighted to be trialing this digital solution that enables passengers to safely store their COVID test results, and thus
streamline their time at the airport,” said Catherine Guillemart-Dias, Vice-President and General Manager of Air France
KLM Canada.

This summer, Air France will operate 17
weekly flights from Montral-Trudeau to Paris-Charles-de Gaulle.

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 also:

Future of Airline Distribution and NDC – Interview with Yanik
Hoyles, IATA (November 2019)
.

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