Neos is to become the first Italian airline to trial the new IATA Travel Pass app that is being developed by the International Air Transport Association.
From May 1st 2021, passengers traveling with Neos from Milan to Tenerife will be able to use IATA Travel Pass to help manage their travels in a simple and safe way, in line with government and health requirements. IATA Travel Pass is a mobile app enables passengers to create digital passports where test and vaccine data can be securely loaded and shared, to ensure that governmental health requirements are fulfilled both at the departure and destination points.
Neos made a formal request to trial IATA Travel Pass in January 2021, having understood the importance of the project and the need to use new technology to help give governments the confidence to reopen borders and allow people to fly safely. In addition to Neos, over 25 other international airlines are taking part in the trial, which is being progressively structured and giving excellent feedback. There are already many health and local authorities who recognize the IATA Travel Pass as a valid form of presentation of COVID test results for travel. Among the functions, are indicated the affiliated health facilities where you can do the PCR test, then automatically will be loaded into your digital profile, available and verifiable by simply scanning the QRCode.
“Getting on board the experimentation for the IATA Travel Pass is a very significant result for us, – says Aldo Sarnataro, Chief Commercial Officer – especially because we are the first Italian airline to be in the trial. We are convinced that the IATA Travel Pass will become a shared and universally recognized, reliable and secure model, which also protects users’ personal data. We hope that the collaboration with IATA and our contribution can offer tools to increase testing and help the restart of one of the sectors most stressed by the emergency.”
“Neos is showing its industry leadership by becoming the first airline in Italy to trial IATA Travel Pass. With the trial, Neos is helping to restart aviation by giving Governments the confidence to safely re-open borders and re-connect people. IATA Travel Pass will help travelers to verify their compliance with COVID-19 requirements using health credentials securely linked to their identity in a digital passport,” said Nick Careen, IATA Senior Vice President for Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security.