Emirates, the largest airline in the Middle East, will cover customers’ coronavirus-related medical costs in a bid to “boost travel confidence,” the Dubai Media Office reported.
The airline said, “Emirates will cover its passengers for COVID-19 related medical expenses and quarantine costs when they travel on board Emirates, to and from the UAE and around the world, free of charge.”
The Dubai-based carrier, which operates a fleet of 270 wide-bodied aircraft, halted operations in late March as part of global shutdowns to stem the spread of COVID-19. Two weeks later, it resumed operations on a limited network and plans to fly to 58 cities by mid-August, down from over 150 before the crisis.
The announcement came shortly after the United Arab Emirates — an alliance of seven emirates including the capital Abu Dhabi and Dubai — made testing mandatory for all inbound and transit passengers starting August 1.