“We keep you safe during travel and provide you with extra security wherever you are in the world,” the Dubai-based flight company said, adding that it is the first airline to offer such a policy. Consistent, anyone who contracts COVID in transit is entitled to $ 1,765 for burial through NEXtCARE, a subsidiary of travel insurance company Allianz, reports Business Insider.
Even sick passengers who do not die after traveling with the airline can receive up to $ 176,000 in expenses as well as $ 118 per day to cover quarantined accommodation for up to two weeks. Coverage, Emirates adds, is free and applied automatically without any sign-up process.
The package was implemented after companies nosedived amid international travel bans. Founder Sir Tim Clark told Business Insider that the luxury airline carried around 10% of the number of people it normally carried. Emirates has tried to stem the financial drain by converting passenger planes into freight carriers.
They hope that COVID-19 insurance will further help them recoup their losses.
“We put our customers first and believe they will welcome this initiative,” Emirates Group CEO Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said in a press release.
COVID-19 insurance covers travel between now and October 31, 2020 and is valid for 31 days from “when you take your first flight, and it covers you even if you are traveling to another city,” a Emirates declared. However, passengers will have to pay for the coronavirus tests out of their own pocket.
Sadly, despite this and other attempts by airlines to stay aloft during the crown era, the industry is set to lose $ 84 billion in 2020.