5 January 2021
Negativity certificates
ADR and Alitalia start digitalising negativity certificates on Rome-New York Covid-tested flights.

Rome, 5 January 2021 – Aeroporti di Roma and Alitalia still at the forefront of protocols for travelling in extreme safety during the pandemic. As of today, the new experiment that allows passengers bound for New York on Alitalia Covid-Tested flights to present, upon boarding, a digital negativity certificate from a Covid-19 rapid antigen test, carried out at the airport, via the AOKpass app (developed in partnership with the ICC - International Chamber of Commerce), thus saving additional time during travel procedures. 
The procedure is simple: once you have downloaded the AOKpass app onto your mobile device and, after taking the test at Fiumicino airport, travellers will receive the result via a QR code that authenticates and securely stores the negative result on your smartphone Upon boarding the flight to New York, passengers will then be able to use their digital health credentials by having the boarding attendant scan the QR code directly.
The digitization of this process, also partly due to the collaboration of the doctors of the USMAF of the Italian Ministry of Health, is a further step in creating new protocols for safe access to the aircraft, a procedure which began in September, also in partnership with the Region Lazio, with Alitalia Rome-Milan Covid-Tested flights and which continued in December with the opening of "quarantine free" flights from the US. 
As an alternative to the self-isolation system, which is difficult to control and penalising for healthy people, in the coming months, passengers will increasingly undergo preparatory rapid or molecular tests before boarding, especially for long-haul destinations. With the progress of vaccinations, there may soon also be the opportunity to show a vaccination certificate in order to board safely and without incurring limitations.  The digitalisation of these processes is being launched today with the use of the AOKpass and will proceed shortly together with a further enrichment of the range of health services and digital TravelPasses available in Rome Fiumicino in active coordination with the competent authorities.
“Leonardo da Vinci” is considered one of the safest airports in the world, to such an extent that it has obtained the maximum rating of 5 stars from Skytrax on anti-Covid health protocols, the Health Accreditation by Aci and has been chosen, for the third consecutive year by Aci Europe, as the best port in Europe precisely due to its virus containment measures.
All Alitalia aircraft are sanitised daily using highly disinfectant products and, thanks to HEPA filters and vertical circulation, the air on board is renewed every three minutes and is 99.7% pure.
 “This new experimentation confirms ADR's willingness to continue the path undertaken and, based on a maximum security airport, at aimed at defining new safe and innovative travel protocols”, said the CEO of ADR, Marco Troncone. “Now, our hope, on which we are strongly committed, is that the Covid-Tested travel procedures launched at Fiumicino with the order of the Ministers of Health, Transport and Foreign Affairs dated 23 November 2020, will be extended to other countries and Italian airports, because we are convinced that this is the only way to guarantee the greatest safety of passengers and to enable the resumption of air traffic and international connectivity, which is essential for our country”. 
“With the introduction of this digital process, Alitalia reaffirms its commitment to offer flights to and from Italy in full safety. We were the first company to introduce Covid-Tested flights, with the Rome-Milan route first, followed by the Rome-New York route”, said Giancarlo Zeni, CEO, Alitalia. “We hope that this initiative will also help to restore the confidence of travellers, recalling that aircraft are the safest means of transport, even during this pandemic period. Our instruments and the filters we use inside the aircraft make the air quality comparable to that of an operating theatre”.


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