Emirates has become the first airline to offer free Covid-19 insurance as it tries to get people flying again. Passengers will be covered for medical treatment, hotels/" 3142 target="_blank">hotel quarantine, and even their funeral if they catch the coronavirus while travelling. The announcement comes as carriers around the world have been hit hard by measures to tackle the pandemic. The coverage is free to all customers regardless of class of travel or destination and is applied automatically with no need to register, BBC reported.
If one of its passengers is diagnosed with COVID-19 during their journey, the Dubai-based airline will cover their medical expenses, up to €150,000 (about $176,000). It will pay €100 ($118) per day for quarantine costs — such as a hotels/" 3142 target="_blank">hotel room — for up to two weeks. And if the worst happens, Emirates will offer €1,500 (about $1,765) for a passenger’s funeraltravel between now and October 31, 2020. It’s valid for 31 days from “the moment you take your first flight, and it covers you even if you travel onwards to another city,” Emirates said. Testing costs are not covered, and passengers must contact the airline to get expenses approved before paying them, according to Business Insider.
HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates Group Chairman and Chief Executive said: “Under the directive of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Emirates is proud to lead the way in boosting confidence for international travel. We know people are yearning to fly as borders around the world gradually re-open, but they are seeking flexibility and assurances should something unforeseen happen during their travel.”
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