Eurowings has become the latest airline to join in with offering COVID-19 insurance for passengers. Multiple airlines have taken this approach, in a bid to restore passenger confidence that they will be looked after if they do contract the virus while traveling.
Around the world, COVID-19 has changed travel patterns. The spread of the virus brought the travel industry to its knees, causing a drop in passengers and flights. While demand is starting to return bit by bit, airlines are beginning to explore ways to stimulate this pent up demand.
Corona insurance for all
Eurowings will add complimentary COVID-19 insurance for all passengers booking flights with the airline. The insurance will be offered by the carrier’s partner, HanseMerkur. Eurowings will be offering the insurance for all flights booked up until the end of 2021.
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However, while other airlines have offered such protections for quite some time, Eurowings’ offering is much more constrained. The insurance was announced yesterday, but it will only be included on bookings made before the end of Sunday (September 27th).
As such, it almost seems like more of a tool to drive a burst of flight sales than a long term attempt to reassure passengers. After this date, passengers will be required to add the insurance to their booking with an additional fee.
What does the insurance offer?
The insurance being offered by Eurowings protects customers in several ways in case COVID-19 ends up disrupting their plans. Firstly, the insurance will cover trip cancellation due to COVID. This would kick in if a passenger didn’t travel due to testing positive for the virus, or because they failed a temperature check at the departure airport, for example.
Once the customer has left the country, the insurance will begin to cover foreign health-related COVID-19 expenses. This could be for a hospital visit or emergency repatriation due to illness. Finally, travel interruption insurance would kick in if plans are disrupted due to the virus. An example would be an extended stay due to changes in border regulations.
Commenting on the introduction Jens Bischof, CEO at Eurowings, said,
“People want to fly and travel but want more security for uncertain times. We provide this in the form of a new corona insurance policy.”
Eurowings joins several other airlines that have launched COVID-19 policies. Emirates was one of the first airlines to take such action. More recently, Virgin Atlantic and Etihad, to name a few, have also added COVID-19 insurance policies to cover those making new bookings. Virgin Atlantic’s policy is valid on bookings made until the end of March, and covers passengers to a total value of half a million pounds ($636,100).
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