Hong Kong's Airport Authority has successfully conducted a digital health pass trial at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).
The trial was conducted with Los Angeles International Airport, Cathay Pacific, The Commons Project - a digital health pass developer and Prenetics - a COVID19 test provider.
In the trial, air crew members of Cathay Pacific role-played as passengers and took the COVID19 test at HKIA’s testing center. Test results were sent to those passengers through the mobile application in the form of digital health pass which were presented to the airline staff for check-in. Upon arrival at Los Angeles International Airport, the role-playing passengers presented their digital health pass to local staff for validation and entered Los Angeles successfully.
Vivian Cheung, Executive Director, Airport Operations of the Airport Authority said, “As COVID19 tests and vaccinations are poised to become new essentials for air travelers in the future, a digital solution is required to effectively integrate this new requirement into the existing digitalized travel process, from laboratory to check-in and to landing.”
HKIA has been collaborating with major hub airports around the world to facilitate the adoption of digital solutions to tackle challenges such as trustworthiness of paper reports, diversified and dynamic entry requirements across countries and regions, long queues for passengers for document check, and labour intensive checking duties for airline staff.
“Resumption of air travel in a safe way is our top priority. Traffic recovery is hard to be sustainable with manual handling of the paper records without error to match the requirements of each country, which could also be changed from time to time. We will continue to work with the industry partners including the Government to make HKIA to be one of the first airports in the world to adopt digital health pass solutions,” added Cheung.© Travel News Asia