British Airways has become the latest airline to put to the test IATA’s Travel Pass, which customers can use to book COVID tests with an approved provider and see their results automatically displayed on the app.
Initially, the app is being tested on flights from London Heathrow to Geneva and Zurich.
The app checks that a customer meets the entry requirements for their destination and will then notifies them to let them know that they are ready to travel.
It is being tested alongside two other COVID travel apps being developed independently by BA, including VeriFLY.
BA Chairman and CEO Sean Doyle said” “We are committed to exploring ways to ensure that the customer journey is as frictionless as possible and sharing our learnings to help the travel industry take off again.
“We know that digital travel passes are part of the solution and they will also play a key role in offering those travelling the reassurance they need before they arrive at the airport.
“We hope to be able to offer a customer-friendly digital option for every British Airways international route that requires proof of government mandated Covid status documentation.””
British Airways is currently testing VeriFLY on routes to the US, France, Ireland, Barbados, Bahamas and Canada, as well as all inbound international flights.
Once a customer has had their travel documentation certified through the app they will be able to check-in through either ba.com or the British Airways app and download their boarding pass before arriving at the airport.
BA customers travelling to Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal can now also upload their negative Covid-19 test result and other documentation directly into ba.com for verification before travel.