Air France extends Covid ICC AOKpass trial on flights to San Francisco and LA

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Published on 23/03/21 - Updated on 17/03/22

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On March 15, 2021, Air France and ADP Group launched a new testing program for the ICC AOKpass COVID test results digitization solution, powered by MedAire/International SOS.

Passengers testing the ICC AOKpass application will benefit from priority routing at the airport thanks to a partnership between Air France, ADP Group, San Francisco International Airport and Los Angeles World Airports.

The four-week trial will cover Air France flights between Paris-Charles de Gaulle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Customers traveling on these flights can test the ICC AOKpass mobile application free of charge, which is available on smartphones and enables them to securely record the results of COVID tests performed in a partner laboratory. They will benefit from a dedicated pathway in the airport, with priority access during boarding and at border crossings upon arrival in Paris.

Through this experiment in real conditions, Air France and all the partners involved wish to improve the passenger experience by streamlining the screening test verification operations, which have become mandatory since the COVID-19 crisis.

This program is in addition to the one launched by Air France on March 11, 2021 on flights from Paris-Charles de Gaulle to Pointe-à-Pitre and Fort-de-France. It is entirely free of charge for the customer and is carried out solely on a voluntary basis following the four following steps:

1. The customer downloads the ICC AOKpass application available on Appstore, Google Play Store or Huawei App Store, and performs his PCR or LAMP test (depending on the regulations of his destination) in one of the partner laboratories,

2. Once the test is completed, the laboratory gives the client the results in the form of a PDF document and a QR code, to be downloaded securely in the ICC AOKpass application.

3. At the airport, on the day of departure, specific signage directs the customer to a priority pathway when boarding. At the time of travel formalities verification, the customer presents his phone instead of a paper test. ICC AOKpass then confirms that the test presented is valid and complies with the regulations of the destination country via a network secured by blockchain technology.

4. Only upon arrival in Paris: the customer finds this specific signage and benefits from priority access when going through border police formalities, when he presents the QR code again on the ICC AOKpass application.

The ICC AOKpass solution complies with all applicable RGPD standards. Passengers participating in the test can access or delete their data at any time.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, we have been calling for a standardization of health standards worldwide. This new testing program is an illustration of what could become the standard for travel document verification tomorrow, and we are pleased to implement it with Air France partners. Collaboration between states, airlines and airport authorities is essential to find solutions that combine health security with a smooth travel experience. 

Alain Bernard, Executive Vice President Operations - Air France

 The launch of this second large-scale test program between Paris and the airports of San Francisco and Los Angeles is a major step in the international recognition of ICC AOKpass as a trusted third party and the emergence of a new international standard, a condition for the resumption of international travel. From the laboratory to every step of the travel process, ICC AOKpass enables the certification of the COVID-19 negative status of passengers throughout the air transport chain and contributes to the safety of flights.

Sébastien Bedu, Head of Airport Services Deployment - MedAire, a subsidiary of International SOS

We are convinced that the ICC AOKpass solution that we are testing with our partners in the Paris airports will facilitate the passengers' journey through our terminals, guaranteeing both greater fluidity and better security for health checks. The sustainable recovery of traffic requires first and foremost the restoration of air connectivity between countries, and this health pass has every chance of contributing to this by establishing itself as a new standard. 

Marc Houalla, Executive Vice President of the ADP Group and Director of Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport

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