Etihad to shoulder Covid-19 medical expenses of passengers

Airbus A380-861 A6-APC of Etihad Airways landing at Heathrow international airport.

Etihad Airways has partnered AXA to introduce a Covid-19 insurance scheme that will cover the medical expenses and quarantine costs of passengers if they are diagnosed with the virus after flying with the airline.

The new initiative is part of Etihad Wellness, the airline’s new health and hygiene programme, and is designed to rebuild travel confidence among the flying public.

Etihad Airways follows in Emirates’ footsteps to offer Covid-19 insurance cover to its passengers 

Under the scheme, the airline will cover medical costs of up to €150,000 (US$177,000) and quarantine costs of up to €100 a day for 14 days for passengers who test positive for Covid-19 within 31 days from the first day of travel.

The Covid-19 coverage is valid worldwide, and included in the airfare of all tickets, including existing bookings, for travel through year-end.

In July, Emirates became the first airline to offer its passengers free cover for Covid-19-related costs, in a bid to boost travel confidence.

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