Dedicated Covid-19 cover for domestic travel is included in new insurance being provided to easyJet passengers.
The new options will be offered via a renewed partnership between the budget carrier and insurance and assistance provider Collinson running until at least April 2024.
The enhanced offering, available to include during the booking process, means people diagnosed with Covid-19 ahead of a trip are covered for any necessary refunds or rearrangements, as well as for any required medical care if diagnosed with the virus while abroad.
If passengers are unable to return home due to being diagnosed with Covid, the policy will also cover them for additional accommodation as well as the cost of returning them home.
The cost of the cover was not disclosed.
EasyJet UK chief commercial officer Sophie Dekkers said: “The need for travel insurance is greater than ever before, so we know it will help bolster consumer confidence to book and travel, giving holidaymakers a much-needed reassurance for future bookings and possible Covid-19 related disruptions.
“We have also launched our enhanced Protection Promise meaning our customers can book with greater confidence knowing that if they are unable to travel, or their plans change, so can their flights.
“As we are looking forward to ramping up our flying programme as soon as it is safe to do so, we can now give our customers added peace of mind that they can book their much-needed holidays knowing they are fully protected should they test positive before they travel, while on holiday or if they have to cancel their trip altogether.”
Collinson head of travel insurance Greg Lawson said: “We know Brits are chomping at the bit to get out and see the world again when they can.
“However, some passengers are understandably wary of what will happen to them or their bookings if they catch Covid just before or during their trip.
“We want to give people peace of mind to encourage them to plan those holidays they’ve been dreaming of for over a year now.
“When the government gives the green light to travel again, choosing to fly with an airline – like easyJet – that provides extra Covid-19 insurance is a great option.”