Etihad adds Covid-19 insurance

Etihad Airways is introducing Covid-19 insurance as part of its new health and hygiene programme.

Through Etihad Wellness, guests who are diagnosed with the virus during their trip will be covered for medical expenses or quarantine costs when they fly with Etihad.

The policy has been introduced in partnership with AXA.

Duncan Bureau, the airline’s senior vice president, sales and distribution, 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 programme.

“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. 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 date of booking, traveling between now and December 31, 2020, will include the insurance. Guests with existing bookings are automatically enrolled into the programme. The insurance is valid worldwide for 31 days from the first day of travel.

Adelane Mecellem, chief executive officer Asia, Middle-East, Turkey and Africa for AXA Partners, said: “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 travellers with new protection solutions when needed most.”

Passengers are covered for up to €150,000 of medical costs and up to €100 a day of quarantine costs in case of a positive diagnosis for 14 days.

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