Etihad Airways will cover medical and quarantine costs for passengers if they contract COVID-19 after travelling on one of its flights.
Aviation’s immediate future hangs on the global community’s appetite for risk until a vaccine for COVID-19 is released and airlines around the world are trying to find ways to stimulate demand for air travel that has been shattered by the coronavirus pandemic.
The announcement by Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, follows that of Emirates, the national airline of Dubai, who were the first to offer COVID-19 inusrance in July.
Medical costs of up to 150,000 euros (US$177,000) and quarantine costs of up to 100 euro a day for 14 days will be covered by Etihad Airways for its passengers who contract the disease within 31 days of first travel, Etihad said in a media statement.
“The safety, health, and wellbeing of our guests and employees is our top priority, during and beyond the flight. The introduction of global COVID-19 insurance, in partnership with AXA, builds on stringent measures already in place as part of our Etihad Wellness programme, championed by our Wellness Ambassadors,” Etihad Vice President Duncan Bureau said.
“This additional cover will not only instil confidence to travel but also reassure our guests that we are doing all we can to keep them safe and protected. As more countries start opening their borders, we are making it as easy as possible for our guests to plan their next trip, hassle free.”
The COVID-19 cover offered by Emirates and Etihad Airways is included in the airfare of tickets for travel until the end of the year and valid around the world.
Emirates provides complimentary hygiene kits to every passenger upon check in at Dubai International Airport and on flights to Dubai. These kits comprise of masks, gloves, antibacterial wipes and hand sanitiser. Gloves and masks are mandatory for all customers and employees at at Dubai International Airport, while only the adornment of masks are mandatory on Emirates flights.