IATA to stop developing Travel Pass platform as COVID restrictions are lifted
“As such, we have no plans to develop the product beyond its current capabilities,” the spokesperson added.
The platform, which was first announced by IATA in late 2020, allows passengers to have a digital passport verified with all their test or vaccination details prior to travel to meet requirements at the final destination. They are also able to share test and vaccination certificates with authorities and airlines to facilitate processing at airports.
Middle Eastern airlines such as Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways were among the first to test the platform.
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, which operates its own travel platform, will no longer promote Travel Pass, the airline’s digital chief said.
“IATA is halting development of the Travel Pass – this means we will no longer be promoting it,” said Frank Meyer, Chief Digital Officer of Etihad. “According to IATA, the need is fading right now.”
“It never really caught on among airlines or customers,” Meyer added.
Meanwhile, the airline plans to continue rolling out its “Verified To Fly” travel platform across its global network. The platform, which allows travelers to validate their COVID-19 travel documents before arriving at the airport, is currently available for a large majority of Etihad flights.