Dubai, United Arab Emirates — Emirates assures to pay for the medical treatment, hotel quarantine and even the funeral of a passenger who cathes Covid-19 while travelling from the airline.
In the midst of the global pandemic, Emirates has found a new method to attract more passengers. If any of their passengers gets diagnosed with Covid-19 during their journey, the Dubai-based airline is set to cover their medical expenses, up to €150,000 (about $176,000) and pay €100 ($118) per day for quarantine costs – such as a hotel room – for up to two weeks.
The airline is also willing to offer €1,500 (about $1,765) for a passenger’s funeral if it is needed.
However the coverage is available for the passengers who travel between now and October 31, 2020. It’ll be 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.
While the testing costs will not be included, the passengers are to contact the airline to get their expensense approved before paying them.
The Dubai Airports that manage two of the city’s airport has recently implemented a new testing requirement for passengers. According to the requirement, anyone flying starting from August 1 to, from, or through the city’s airports must have tested negative for COVID-19 within the past 96 hours. Travelers may even have to show a copy of the test results before traveling through the airline.
While Emirates is the first airline to offer medical and quarantine expense coverage to their passenger due to Covid-19, various airlines and travel stakeholders have also attempted to boost customer confidence during the pandemic.
The airline Uzbekistan offered $3,000 to visitors who contract the virus while traveling and Cyprus offered to cover costs of lodging and medication for visitors who develop the virus, according to CNN.