Etihad expands IATA Travel Pass use on more flights for Abu Dhabi

Passengers flying with the airline are now able to make use of the platform when flying to selected destinations in Europe, North America and Southeast Asia  

Etihad Airways has expanded the usage of the IATA Travel Pass, following successful trials, on flights between Abu Dhabi and seven destinations across its network.  

The platform is available for passengers flying with the airline between Dubai and Bangkok, Barcelona, Geneva, Madrid, Milan, New York and Singapore.  

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“The feedback from the IATA Travel Pass trial has been positive, with Etihad’s guests appreciating its ease-of-use and data security,” said Mohammed AI Bulooki, chief operating officer at Etihad Aviation Group. “Etihad is pleased to now make IATA Travel Pass available on flights to and from seven major global cities, providing more guests with the option of simplifying their journey and airport experience.” 

Nick Careen, IATA’s senior vice president for operations, safety and security, added: “Etihad’s decision to expand IATA Travel Pass based on positive customer feedback is a strong endorsement of the solution. IATA Travel pass was designed to provide a one-stop-shop solution for travellers to safely and efficiently manage their Covid-19 documentation and generate an ‘OK to Travel’ which airlines can trust. It’s great to see the app in use facilitating the restart of international travel.” 

Etihad was one of the first carriers to begin testing the platform in April this year to help create a standardised solution for travellers to verify their flight documentation, including vaccine and testing certifications.  

Currently, the app is able to accept digital covid certificates from countries in the EU as well as Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Lichtenstein.  

The airline hopes to continue working closely with IATA to develop the platform for use in other regions across its route network.