France-based airlines Air Caraïbes and French bee have launched a new trial of the ICC AOKpass blockchain-based digital health certificate.

The digital solution is a risk mitigation tool developed by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). It is supported by global industry leaders in health and certification services, International SOS and SGS Group.

ICC AOKpass is part of efforts to enable governments to reopen cross-border travel safely and confidently in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Designed to be interoperable with all other systems, the mobile app will help travellers to present digitally authenticated and secure medical records to verify their Covid-19 test results with the airlines while securing their personal health data.

Trials will be conducted at Paris airport (Orly) departures to the French Overseas Territories, including Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyana, La Réunion and Tahiti for Air Caraïbes and French bee.

It will be implemented for passengers from the beginning of March.

Air Caraïbes DGA Tamara Primakoff and French bee managing director Muriel Assouline said: “Passengers are looking for a smooth return to travel, where they can be as close to the turn-up and fly experience that they had prior to the pandemic and in the safest way possible.

“We are highly committed to achieving this and piloting ICC AOKpass will help us to enable this process for passengers, with a view to further roll-out on successful completion. The pilot alone will benefit the passengers who have previously been regular flyers on these popular routes each week.”

Since last September, ICC AOK Pass has already processed hundreds of health passes for airlines and airports.

It is successfully piloted for large-scale Etihad flights from Paris and Pakistan to Abu Dhabi.

Furthermore, nearly 130 airports in 18 countries have decided to deploy ICC AOKpass pilots with airlines.