New Delhi: The Ministry of Civil Aviation plans to introduce the Digi Yatra facility at 6 more airports in August 2023, which will take the number of Digi Yatra-enabled airports to 13.
The airports planned for the Digi Yatra facility this month are Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Kochi, Lucknow, Jaipur, and Guwahati and the implementation and installation of the required infrastructure at these airports will take place in a phased manner.
The Ministry said by August 10, 2023, Digi Yatra has been used by 34,60,454 passengers. By the same date, the Digi Yatra mobile application user base was 1.29 million.
Since its launch by Minister of Civil Aviation and Steel Shri Jyotiraditya on December 1, 2022, at three airports, New Delhi, Varanasi, and Bengaluru, Digi Yatra has so far been implemented at Vijayawada, Pune, Hyderabad, and Kolkata.
Digi Yatra is a mobile application-based facility conceived to achieve contactless, seamless processing of passengers at airports based on Facial Recognition Technology (FRT). It helps travellers pass through various checkpoints at the airports through paperless and contactless processing using facial features to validate their identity and travel details.
In the Digi Yatra process, there is no central storage of passenger’s Personally Identifiable Information (PII) data, the Ministry said. All the passengers’ data is encrypted and stored in the wallet of their smartphone. It is shared only between the passenger and the airport of travel origin, where the passenger’s Digi Yatra ID needs to be validated. The data is purged from the airport’s system within 24 hours of departure of the flight. It is shared by passengers directly, only when they travel and only to the origin Airport.
– global bihari bureau