Friday, October 16, 2020

Govt to launch Digi Yatra at Vara​nasi with Vistara, IndiGo from December

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has planned to launch Digi Yatra or facial biometric-based air travel in 2020 and the program is likely to commence with Varanasi airport from December, officials told CNBC-TV18.

As per the current estimate, the government plans to provide passengers travelling via IndiGo or Vistara airlines an option to opt for "seamless" travel experience at Varanasi airport from December 15.

Further, the government plans to expand the Digi Yatra option to IndiGo and Vistara travellers for the airports of Kolkata, Pune and Vijayawada from March 2021.

While discussions are ongoing with all airlines to implement the biometric-based platform, SpiceJet has so far not agreed to join the Digi Yatra program, officials added.

However, other airlines are expected to be a part of the platform by May 2021 and they have agreed on a common data format for sharing passenger information between airlines and airport operators, officials further added.

As a result, passengers of IndiGo, Vistara, GoAir, Air India, Alliance Air, AirAsia India, Air India Express, Trujet are likely to have an option of a complete paperless travel experience at the four airports from May.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation had launched Digi Yatra policy in August 2018 and had planned to implement at the four airports by early 2019. However, the project has met several delayed deadlines.

16/10/20 Anu Sharma/CNBC TV18

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