By Edward Robertson
Latvian carrier airBaltic is launching a trial of IATA’s Travel Pass system for Covid-19 safe travel next week.
The three week trial will be tested from the week commencing March 8 on two routes, Riga–Amsterdam and Riga–Oslo, with travellers given a voluntary option to take part.
The Travel Pass combines a number of factors including whether the traveller has been test or vaccinated for Covid-19 and should encourage people to return to the skies.
AirBaltic CEO Martin Gauss said: “Travelling today has become increasingly complex for the passengers.
“We appreciate IATA for introducing a global solution that is capable of helping to make the voyage smoother, while increasing reliability of the testing certification passengers often need to present to boarding agents.”
IATA Regional Vice President for Europe Rafael Schvartzman added: “Testing is the immediate solution to safely re-open borders and re-connect people. And eventually this is likely to transition to vaccination requirements.
“ In either case, a secure system to manage Covid-19 testing or vaccination information is critical. The IATA Travel Pass is a solution that both travellers and governments can trust. And it is being built with data security, convenience and verification as top priorities.
“We are proud to work with airBaltic and the government of the Republic of Latvia to introduce IATA Travel Pass. This is an important step in enabling international travel during the pandemic, giving travellers the confidence that they are meeting all COVID-19 entry requirements.”
Tālis Linkaits, Minister of Transport of the Republic of Latvia: “IATA Travel Pass would enable airBaltic to introduce a simple and safe solution that will help both governments in verifying authenticity of test results as well as laboratories to issue certificates that will be recognized. Notably, it would help to decrease the complexity of travel significantly.”