Air France and Groupe ADP extend the ICC AOKpass solution test to flights to/from Paris-Charles de Gaulle, San Francisco and Los Angeles
A real-life test programme launched on 15 March 2021 for 4 weeks, in addition to the one currently being tested on Air France flights from Paris to Pointe-à-Pitre and Fort-de-France;
Passengers testing the ICC AOKpass app will benefit from priority airport channels thanks to a partnership between Air France, Groupe ADP, San Francisco International Airport and Los Angeles World Airports
On 15 March 2021, Air France and Groupe ADP launched a new test programme of the ICC AOKpass solution for digitising COVID-19 test results, developed by MedAire/International SOS.
The four-week trial will focus on outbound and return Air France flights between Paris-Charles de Gaulle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Customers travelling on these flights can test the ICC AOKpass mobile app free of charge. Available on smartphones, it allows customers to securely record the results of COVID-19 tests carried out in a partner laboratory.
Through this test in live conditions, Air France and all its partners involved wish to improve the customer experience by streamlining the checking of test result documents, which has become mandatory since the COVID-19 crisis.
Thanks to a partnership between Air France, MedAire/international SOS, Groupe ADP, San Francisco International Airport and Los Angeles World Airports, customers testing the app will benefit from dedicated airport channels, with priority access at boarding and passport control on arrival in Paris.
This programme is in addition to the one launched by Air France on 11 March 2021, on flights departing from Paris-Charles de Gaulle to Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe) and Fort-de-France (Martinique) in the French Caribbean. It is entirely free of charge for customers and is carried out solely on a voluntary basis in the following four stages:
The customer downloads the ICC AOKpass mobile app available on App Store, Google Play Store or Huawei App Store, and takes the required PCR or LAMP test (according to the regulations in force for the destination concerned) in one of the partner laboratories.Once the test has been taken, the laboratory provides the customer with the results with a PDF document and a QR code, which can be securely downloaded into the ICC AOKpass app.
At the airport, on the day of departure, specific signage directs the customer to a dedicated lane during boarding. When travel documents are checked, customers show the QR code displayed on their smartphone as a proof of their Covid-19 negative status instead of a paper certificate. The ICC AOKpass then confirms that the test presented is valid and complies with the regulations of the country of destination via a network secured by blockchain technology.
On arrival in Paris, customers will see the same specific signage and benefit from priority access when going through passport control, where they once again present the QR code on the AOKpass app.
The "ICC AOKpass" solution complies with all applicable GDPR standards. Customers taking part in the test can access or delete their data at any time.
Alain Bernard, Chief Operating Officer - Air France, declared: “Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, we have been calling for a worldwide health-related standard. This new experimental programme is an example of what could become the standard for travel document verification in the future, and we are pleased to implement it with Air France partners. Collaboration between governments, airlines and airport authorities is essential to find solutions combining health safety with a smooth travel experience.”
Sébastien Bedu, Airport Services Product Manager– MedAire, an International SOS company added: “The launch of this second large-scale test programme 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. This is an essential condition for the resumption of international travel. From the medical laboratory and at every step of the journey, ICC AOKpass makes it possible to certify the negative COVID-19 status of passengers, to the entire air transport chain, for a safe return to travel.”
Marc Houalla, Executive Director of Groupe ADP and Managing Director of Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport, said: “We are convinced that the ICC AOKpass solution that we are testing with our partners at the departure and arrival points of the Paris airports will facilitate passenger channels through our terminals, by guaranteeing both greater fluidity and better control of health checks. The sustainable recovery of traffic firstly requires the restoration of air links between countries, and this pass has every chance of contributing to this by establishing itself as a new standard.”
About Air France
Since 1933, Air France has been promoting and highlighting France throughout the world. With an activity divided between passenger transport, cargo transport and aeronautical maintenance, Air France is a major air transport player. A workforce of more than 45,000 staff are committed on a daily basis to offering each customer a unique travel experience. Air France, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Transavia make up the Air France-KLM Group. The Group relies on its powerful hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Amsterdam-Schiphol to offer a vast international network. Its Flying Blue frequent flyer programme has over 17 million members.
Air France and KLM are members of the SkyTeam alliance which has a total of 19 member airlines. Air France places the health and safety of its customers and staff at the heart of its concerns. As part of its Air France Protect health and safety commitment, the company has introduced the strictest health and hygiene measures to ensure a safe trip.
About Groupe ADP
Groupe ADP develops and manages airports, including Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly and Paris-Le Bourget. In 2020, through its brand Paris Aéroport, the group handled 33.1 million passengers and 1.8 million metric tons of freight and mail at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly, and more than 96.3 million passengers in airports abroad. Boasting an exceptional geographic location and a major catchment area, the group is pursuing its strategy of adapting and modernizing its terminal facilities and upgrading quality of services. The group also intends to develop its retail and real estate businesses. In 2020, group revenue stood at €2,137 million and net result attributable to the Group at -€1,169 million.
ICC AOKpass was co-founded by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and global industry leaders in health and certification services, International SOS and SGS Group. With an extensive international network of over 80,000 accredited clinics and health providers already in place, ICC AOKpass aims to be the globally trusted digital infrastructure for international health records verification. ICC AOKpass collects no medical information from its users and meets medical, government and industry standards to ensure seamless travel in a complex regulatory environment.
MedAire, an International SOS company, has been a partner to the aviation industry since 1985. MedAire provides fully integrated travel health and safety solutions to over 150 of the world’s leading airlines and more than 4,000 private aircraft including 75% of fortune 100 companies. Integrated solutions include real-time advice and assistance, training, equipment, and professional services for crew and passengers both in and beyond the cabin. MedAire’s MedLink and Global Response Centre, handle thousands of calls a year to help crew and passengers manage medical and travel safety events in the air and on the ground with 24/7 access to emergency care doctors, nurses and aviation security specialists.