UAE, Dubai offers one of the world’s largest airlines, with an average of 43 million passengers stepping through each year. With COVID-19 affecting everyone’s traveling plans this year, we can take comfort in knowing that a new government initiative is aimed at keeping every passenger safe. In partnership with Dubai Health Authority (DHA), the worlds largest airlines is launching a state-of-the-art system that will reportedly aim at centralizing digital verification of fliers COVID-19 medical records.
Looking into the coming months, Emirates Airlines will work in conjunction with the DHA to link their IT systems with DHA approved laboratories that will automatically work along with the check-in system at the airport. Ensuring a smooth check-in service whilst ensuing safe travelling for all.
The project is due to start immediately and will also ensure that all passenger health data related to COVID-19 is stored in a secure and legally compliant manner.
In a statement made by Emirates, they confirmed that they have signed “a Memorandum of Understanding [MoU] which aims to position Dubai as one of the first cities in the world to implement digital verification of traveller medical records related to COVID-19 testing and vaccination”. The new memorandum was signed by both Emirates Chairman and Chief Executive, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, and Awadh Al Ketbi, Director General of Dubai Health Authority.
The new project is set to go live within the coming months, with the first trails to begin by April 1st. The initiative sets Emirates apart by making it one of the first airlines in the world to trial the new International Air Transport Association (IATA) Travel Pass, which is described as a “mobile app to help passengers easily and securely manage their travel in line with any government requirements for COVID-19 testing or vaccine information”.
In a related news update by IT Healthcare News, it’s not clear whether the new system mentioned above is related to the IATA Travel Pass, or whether the trial of the pass will still go ahead.