Etihad introduces new complimentary COVID-19 insurance for passengers

Etihad Airways is now offering free insurance cover medical and quarantine costs for customers who might get infected with coronavirus during one of their flights.

The insurance will cover up to 150,000 euros of medical costs and up to 100 euros a day of quarantine costs in case of a positive diagnosis for 14 days, according to a press release of the national airline of the United Arab Emirates.

Duncan Bureau, senior vice president sales and distribution, Etihad Airways, said:”The safety, health, and wellbeing of our guests and employees is our top priority, during and beyond the flight. The introduction of global COVID-19 insurance, in partnership with AXA, builds on stringent measures already in place as part of our Etihad Wellness program, championed by our wellness ambassadors.

“This additional cover will not only instill confidence to travel but also reassure our guests that we are doing all we can to keep them safe and protected. As more countries start opening their borders, we are making it as easy as possible for our guests to plan their next trip, hassle-free.”

All Etihad tickets regardless of the date of the booking, traveling between now and 31st December 2020 will include COVID-19 insurance. “Guests with existing bookings are automatically enrolled in the program. The insurance is valid worldwide for 31 days from the first day of travel,” read the press release.

Adelane Mecellem, the chief executive Officer Asia, Middle-East, Turkey, and Africa, AXA Partners, said: “At AXA, we are focused on improving the customer experience and wellness of individuals during these times. As such, we are proud to partner with one of the world’s leading airlines, Etihad Airways, and provide their extensive loyal travelers with new protection solutions when needed most.”