RDIF, IATA developing app for tracking Covid-19 test results during int'l flights

Interfax, 26.02.2021

MOSCOW. Feb 26 (Interfax) - The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) are to develop a digital product to track the results of tests for Covid-19 during international flights.

"The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF, Russia's sovereign wealth fund) announces an agreement with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to cooperate on projects aimed at creating technological solutions for the recovery of international air travel," the RDIF said in a statement on Friday.

The IATA is currently developing IATA Travel Pass, a mobile app "to help passengers easily and securely manage their travel in line with government health status requirements," the statement said.

"RDIFis carrying out a feasibility study of a digital technology project that would enable use of the Russian testing results and other key medical data in international travel," it said.

"The partnership between RDIF and IATA is aimed at developing digital tools that would contribute to safe travel and help passengers comply with the health measures required by destination countries," the statement said.

RDIFDirector Valery Doronin said that "implementation of advanced digital technologies jointly with IATA will contribute to passenger safety by reducing the time necessary for airport procedures without compromising on regulatory requirements. This will have a positive impact on the air transportation segment and make an important contribution to returning to normal life soon."

Rafael Schvartzman, IATA Regional Vice President, Europe, said, in turn, that "aviation has all but ground to a halt due the effects of the Covid-19 crisis." "Restarting the industry safely is in everyone's interest from passengers to governments and economies. We are delighted to partner with the Russian Direct Investment Fund to explore how technology such as IATA Travel Pass can help to simplify and digitally transmit passenger health status requirements, in a secure and efficient manner to get people traveling again," Schvartzman said, as quoted by the RDIF in the statement.