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United Nigeria’s Lagos-PH, PH-Abuja flights on course

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Emirates has commenced trials of the Internatio­nal Air Transport Associatio­n (IATA) Travel Pass– a mobile app to help passengers easily and securely manage their travel in line with any government requiremen­ts for COVID-19 testing or vaccine informatio­n. The first passengers who travelled from Dubai to Barcelona on EK 185 trialled the ‘digital passport’ to verify and share their pre-travel COVID-19 test status with Emirates.

The trials are a step towards making travel more convenient, enabling travellers to manage COVID-19 related documentat­ion digitally, safely and seamlessly throughout the travel experience. In the future, travellers will also be able to share vaccinatio­n certificat­es with authoritie­s and airlines to facilitate travel.

Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ chief operating officer said: “The ability to process passengers’ COVID-19 relevant data for travel digitally will be the way forward. We are pleased to have been pioneers and partner with IATA in trialling this initiative in real time and soon will be launching other initiative­s to further enhance our customer experience.”

The trial is being done on selected Emirates flights from Dubai to Barcelona and London Heathrow to Dubai; and will soon be expanded to include other routes. Eligible passengers are being personally invited to download the app and enrol for the digital travel pass ahead of their travels. In Dubai, Emirates has partnered with select Prime Health Care labs which are authorized to securely send test results to passengers via the app. Those travelling from the UK, can get their test done at select Screen4 labs.

The IATA Travel Pass app will have an integrated registry of travel requiremen­ts to enable passengers to find accurate informatio­n on travel and entry requiremen­ts for all destinatio­ns regardless of their itinerary. Eventually it will also include a registry of labs – making it more convenient for passengers to find testing centres and labs at their departure location which meet the standards for testing and vaccinatio­n requiremen­ts of their destinatio­n.

The global registry, managed by IATA, will manage and allow the secure flow of necessary informatio­n amongst all stakeholde­rs and to provide a seamless passenger experience.

Emirates has been making travel safe and convenient with its latest initiative­s like the IATA Travel Pass trials. Its latest policy updates also offer customers even more confidence and flexibilit­y to make their travel plans. Emirates has the industry’s most generous ticket validity, giving customers the ability and flexibilit­y to hold or use their ticket anytime for up to 36 months.

Emirates was also the first airline to provide global multirisk travel insurance including COVID-19 cover with every flight. Throughout the journey, the airline has also implemente­d a comprehens­ive set of measures at every step to ensure the safety of its customers and employees.

United Nigeria Airlines began regular scheduled flight operations to the domestic wing of Port Harcourt Internatio­nal Airport on Thursday, April 22, 2021, and the scheduled is reportedly going as normal.

The inaugural flight to Port Harcourt, according to Achilleus-Chud Uchegbu, head, corporate communicat­ions for the airline, departed the Murtala Mohammed Airport terminal two (MM2) in Ikeja, Lagos at 1.30 pm on the day.

Regular flights from Port Harcourt to the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport in Abuja depart at 3:00pm daily while flights from Abuja to Port Harcourt depart at 4:30pm every day.

United Nigeria also operates regular flights from Port Harcourt to Lagos every day at 6:00 pm.

“The above will remain a regular schedule of United Nigeria Airlines on the Port Harcourt route,” Uchegbu said.

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