Airlines are trying all sorts of things — from leaving middle seats empty, to requiring everyone to wear masks, to health checks at terminals — to instill confidence in passengers who may be leery of air travel amid the global pandemic.
But Dubai’s flagship airline, Emirates, has taken it a step further.
The airline said it would now provide all passengers with free insurance covering medical expenses up to 150,000 euros (about $175,000), and 100 euros daily for a 14-day quarantine period, should a passenger be diagnosed with the coronavirus within 31 days of flying on Emirates.
To qualify, customers must book a ticket before the end of October.
Restrictions are detailed in a seven-page document. For example, the insurance applies only if you are outside your country of residence. It does not cover testing for the virus. And the coverage will pay only health care providers directly; it will not reimburse passengers for medical expenses.
But should a passenger die from Covid-19, the airline will also provide 1,500 euros toward funeral costs.
“Emirates is proud to lead the way in boosting confidence for international travel,” said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the Emirates group chairman and chief executive.