In a bid to outshine its rivals in the region, Qatar Airways joined the “fit to fly” movement as part of its post-pandemic recovery strategy.
On January 26, the country’s flagship carrier announced it would become the first airline in the Middle East, in partnership with the International Air Transport Association, to begin trying out the new IATA Travel Pass “Digital Passport” mobile app.
The trial is set to begin this March and allows Qatar Airways to offer passengers a more contactless, safe experience. The first phase of trials is set to start on the airline’s Doha-Istanbul route.
The app is a “one-stop shop” that lets users receive their digital Covid-19 test results so they can verify if they are safe to travel.
It isn’t the only technology platform that’s launched trials. There is also CommonPass. But, the movement, while welcomed, risks confusing players in business travel given the lack of harmony on requirements.