UAE's flydubai to pay for COVID-19 treatment, quarantine costs of passengers

Free global cover takes effect from September 1

Flydubai Aircraft on the ground fueling.

Flydubai Aircraft on the ground fueling.

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UAE-based Flydubai has announced that it will now cover the cost of coronavirus treatment and quarantine of passengers for free.

The budget carrier said the new programme applies to passengers booking with the airline for travel between September 1 to November 2020.

“[Passengers] will automatically receive free global cover for COVID-19,” the airline said in a statement.

Flydubai is the second UAE-based airline to offer free medical cover for customers diagnosed with coronavirus. Emirates Airline had earlier unveiled a similar initiative in a bid to stimulate demand for air travel.

Airlines are among the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. According to estimates by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), carriers in the region could lose billions of US dollars in revenues this year as passenger numbers have plummeted since the onset of the outbreak.

About the global cover

Flydubai said its free global cover for coronavirus will apply to health expenses and quarantine costs in the event that a passenger gets infected during the trip.

The treatment and quarantine coverage is valid for 31 days from the first flight on the itinerary.

Hamad Obaidalla, chief commercial officer at Flydubai, said their new COVID-19 cover will encourage customers to travel with ease of mind knowing that they will be looked after should they get infected.

“Wd see the demand for travel starting to increase as more countries gradually lift restrictions on international travel. Safeguarding the passenger journey with added precautions and enhanced procedures will help to stimulate the flow of trade and tourism globally,”  said Obaidalla.

(Writing by Cleofe Maceda; editing by Seban Scaria)

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