Iberia becomes first airline to go live with IATA Travel Pass in Europe-Latin America routes

posted on 7th April 2021 by Eddie Saunders
Iberia becomes first airline to go live with IATA Travel Pass in Europe-Latin America routes

Iberia is working with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) on the development of the digital health passport known as the IATA Travel Pass, and it will be the first airline to launch  it in Europe-Latin America routes, specifically in Uruguay, on its Madrid-Montevideo flights.

The IATA Travel Pass provides a consistent, predictable, and safe framework on a global basis with the dual aims of simplifying the travel experience and encouraging people to fly, while also streamlining the process of verifying the requisite health documents.

The new IATA Travel Pass is a smartphone app where the traveller can store, manage, and verify  the health documents required by the different countries, specifically certificates of Covid-19 test results, and soon vaccination certificates as well.

Passengers flying from Madrid to Montevideo on IB6011 next Saturday 10 April will be the first to test this new app.

Iberia’s Customers, Transformation, and Systems Director Gabriel Perdiguero commented: “With safety our key consideration, we are counting on technology to reopen borders, encourage travel, and return to normal as quickly as possible. We are certain that the digital health passport will play a key role in this endeavour, and is the right path to facilitate the movement of people giving customers a simpler, faster, and more contactless airport experience.

“We want to accompany our customers in the digital transformation Iberia is experiencing, giving them new channels for interaction alongside traditional ones, and providing all possible support from the moment of booking to the end of their journey.

“To reopen our industry and travel in general calls for a great effort by all the players, ensuring interoperability, building secure platforms, and using the most advanced technology”.

Nick Careen, IATA’s Senior Vice President Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security said: “Restarting aviation safely is critical to support the thousands of people that work in aviation and its related industries. Through its trial of IATA Travel Pass Iberia is helping to lay the foundation for a re-connected world in which health credentials will play a key role.

“And in the longer-term the digital identity elements of the IATA Travel Pass will place Iberia’s passengers at the front of the queue for an even more convenient contactless travel experience.”

Learn more about the IATA Travel Pass at: https://www.iata.org/en/pressroom/travel-pass-mediakit/