They’ll ferry and bury you.
Emirates airlines is attracting passengers during the pandemic in an unorthodox way — by covering the funeral costs of travelers diagnosed with COVID-19 after flying. The bizarre policy comes just days after the enterprising airline offered to foot travelers’ medical and hotel expenses to help recover coronavirus-caused losses during reopening.
“We’re keeping you safe on the journey and giving you extra security wherever you are in the world,” touts the Dubai-based flight firm, adding that they’re the first airline to offer such a policy. In accordance, anyone who contracts COVID in transit is entitled to $1,765 for the burial through NEXtCARE, a subsidiary of travel insurance firm Allianz, reports Business Insider.
Even sick passengers who don’t pass away after traveling with the airline can receive up to $176,000 in expenses as well as $118 per day to cover quarantine accommodations for up to two weeks. Coverage, Emirates adds, is free and automatically applied sans any registration process.
The package was implemented after business took a nosedive amid international travel bans. Founder Sir Tim Clark told Business Insider that the luxury airline is transporting about 10% of the number of people they’d normally carry. Emirates has tried to stem the financial hemorrhaging by converting passenger jets into cargo carriers.
They hope the COVID-19 insurance will further help them recuperate their losses.
“We are putting our customers first, and we believe they will welcome this initiative,” said Emirates Group CEO Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum in a press release.
COVID-19 insurance covers travel between now and October 31, 2020, and is valid for 31 days from “the moment you take your first flight, and it covers you even if you travel onwards to another city,” said Emirates. However, passengers will have to pay for coronavirus tests out of their own pocket.
Unfortunately, despite this and other attempts by airlines to stay aloft in the time of corona, the sector is projected to lose a whopping $84 billion in 2020.