Airline companies called on passengers to avail of electronic boarding pass they can capture on their mobile phones, tablets or laptops, which was being implemented to ease congestion in the airports and make air travel easier, airline officials said on Monday.
Cebu Pacific, Air Asia and Philippine Air Lines said the use of the mobile boarding pass was mandated by the International Air Transport Association to eliminate paper documents and move to paperless environment by 2016.
“We are offering this service to ease congestion and make traveling a lot easier and more convenient especially with the start of the summer season when most of us will be traveling,” an Air Asia official said.
According to SITA, the airline Information Technology specialist, 53 percent of airlines have implemented the use of mobile boarding pass via apps. The figure is expected to rise to 91 percent by 2017.
Philippine Airlines and the Manila International Airport piloted the paperless procedure last March 16. But airport officials also accepted paper travel documents.
Candice Iyog, Cebu Pacific (CEB) Vice President, Marketing Distribution, said the airline has started generating mobile boarding passes since December last year.
“CEB’s mobile application allows our passengers to book flights and do mobile check-in. The CEB mobile app generates boarding passes that can be scanned at airports,” Iyog said.
She said passengers could get more details about CEB’s mobile app at htt://bit.ly/CEBmobileapp.
Source: Rosalie C. Periabras, The Manila Times