Turkey’s budget carrier, Pegasus, has launched the use of IATA (International Air Transport Association) Travel Passes on its international flights. After completing a successful trial period, Pegasus signed the agreement to be one of the first airlines to provide this new and free downloadable mobile application to passengers.
How It Works
As outlined on the IATA website, the application supports many features; the main one being able to securely share verified Covid-19 vaccination and test results when travelling on international Pegasus flights.
The app also allows:
Governments with the means to verify the authenticity of tests or vaccinations and the identity of those presenting their certificates.
Airlines with the ability to provide accurate information to their passengers on test requirements and verify that a passenger meets the requirements for travel.
Laboratories with the means to issue certificates to passengers that will be recognized by governments, and
Travellers with accurate information on test requirements, where they can get tested or vaccinated, and the means to securely convey the results/certificates to airlines and border authorities
Benefits of the IATA Travel Pass
The main benefit of using the application for passengers includes the app’s privacy protection, which means passengers’ health and personal data won’t be stored on a central database and only on the passenger’s individual mobile phone. Another main benefit of using the app for passengers is checking the country’s specific Covid-19 entry requirements, which have been continuously changing throughout the pandemic.
About Pegasus Airlines
Pegasus is Turkey’s leading budget airline, serving 126 destinations and 230 routes. The airline was launched in 1990, with its headquarters in Turkey’s capital of Istanbul.
There are currently nearly 60 other airlines trialling the IATA Travel Pass Initiative, who do you think will be next to fully implement the scheme and will you be using it?