Etihad Airways, the Abu Dhabi-based airline which services Australia among other regions, has announced that it will provide COVID-19 insurance to its passengers.
Airlines around the world are trying to stimulate demand amid the pandemic. As people continue to travel, Etihad has decided to provide coverage for medical and quarantine costs for passengers who contracted the virus after taking one of its flights.
Etihad’s COVID-19 insurance, which is offered in partnership with insurer AXA AXAF.PA, covers medical costs of up to €150,000 (around AU$240,000) and quarantine costs of up to €100 (around AU$162) per day for 14 days for passengers who contracted the disease within 31 days of first travelling. It is included in the airfare of tickets for travel until the end of 2020 and is valid around the world.
“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,” said Etihad Airways vice president Duncan Bureau, as reported by Reuters.
Its push matches a similar offering from Emirates, which launched free COVID-19 cover in July.