ECONOMYNEXT – SriLankan Airlines said it will start trialing an International Air Transport Association mobile application that is connected to approved testing labs to make it easier to travel across borders and meet Coronavirus rules.
The app could be used on Colombo (CMB) – London (LHR), London (LHR) – Colombo (CMB), Colombo (CMB) – Melbourne (MEL), Melbourne (MEL) – Colombo (CMB), Dubai (DXB) – Colombo (CMB) from October 01.
“As passengers begin their plans to return to their preferred travel destinations, they will be faced with the challenge of accessing regulatory requirements,” Chief Executive Officer of SriLankan Airlines Vipula Gunatilleka said in a statement.
“By participating in the IATA Travel Pass initiative, we aim to restore confidence among travellers.
“We will keep adding more routes to the list to make it more convenient to our passengers and allow them to make use of the perks that come with the app.”
SriLankan said it is one of the first airlines in the region to start using the IATA app.
“Passengers can utilize the user-friendly app with data security for a hassle-free travel experience in their journey and airport experience,” SriLankan Airlines Chairman Ashok Pathirage said.
Passengers can create a digital ID of their profile comprising of their photo, passport information, and flight details. Passenger would then be able to find participating laboratories and register for a pre-departure test.
Test results will then be posted on the app. An IATA designated registry will provide the data. The confirmed test status can then be shown to check-in staff when departing.
Due to current regulatory requirements a physical copy should also be kept in hand. The IATA Travel Pass has a facility to upload vaccine certificates of some countries which will also help auto-check in.