Korean Air to Trial IATA Travel Pass on ICN

(18 Mar 2021)
Korean Air has confirmed that it will trial the IATA
Travel Pass on its Incheon – Los
Angeles route, flight KE011, in May, following an internal test
scheduled for next month.

As COVID19 vaccinations become more widely available
and travel demand recovers, COVID19 vaccination and test results
will be critical. However, it is difficult for governments, and
other organisations, to
validate paper vaccination certifications and COVID19 test
results to make sure that they have not been forged in any way.

The IATA Travel Pass has been developed not only
to solve such problems, but also to encourage safe travel between
countries by standardizing health verification through a credible
platform. IATA has been working closely with governments to gain
their support for the travel pass initiative.


“We believe the digital travel pass will improve
customer experience for passengers as they can share health
information in a convenient and secure manner, and save processing
time at the airports,” said Korean Air’s Chief Customer Service
Officer, Seungbum Lee. “Korean Air will continue its efforts to
provide a safe and seamless travel experience through initiatives
such as the travel pass.”

Korean Air plans to trial the IATA Travel Pass in
May on the airline’s Incheon-Los Angeles KE011 flight.

As part of
the goal to “Test & Fly”, passengers can take a COVID19 antigen
test at the Incheon Airport’s testing center, and receive test
results within an hour on the Travel Pass mobile app, which
passengers need to install in advance.

“Partnering with Korean Air to trial IATA Travel
Pass is an important milestone towards giving governments the
confidence to restart the industry. Jointly we will help
demonstrate that aviation has developed a solution to ensure that
passengers are meeting travel requirements,” said Nick Careen,
IATA’s Senior Vice President, Airport, Passenger, Cargo and
Security.

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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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