Most travellers have had their wings crunched this year. But as jetsetting slowly returns, carriers which have the funding and incentive to keep running flights (even, likely, at a loss, as most holiday makers are either prohibited or unwilling to book trips right now) like Qatar Airways and Emirates are competing to grab market share and to make the most of their resources.
Qatar Airways recently unleashed an outrageous new way for customers to experience its private jet program and introduced Hazmat suits to its commercial jets to add another layer of bio-security to its operations.
Emirates has now come out with another drawcard of its own, aimed at boosting “travel confidence” around the world: it has announced it will start paying for passengers’ medical and quarantine bills, should a customer become sick with COVID-19 or be forced to cough up thousands of dollars for hotel quarantine.
Specifically, Emirates will cover medical expenses of almost AU$245,000 and quarantine hotel costs of about AU$160 per day for 14 days, should passengers be diagnosed with The Virus during their trip.
As CNN Travel reports, this cover is available to all passengers and “is valid for 31 days from the moment they fly the first leg of their trip, so passengers can continue to have the benefit even if they travel onwards from their Emirates destination.”
As News.com.au reports, if travel restrictions were loosened (Australians currently can’t fly anywhere anyway), this would be game changing; “Currently in NSW, return travellers now need to pay around $3000 in hotel quarantine fees, as well as a further $1000 for an additional adult and $500 for an additional child.”
“In Queensland, the new cost for return travellers – which includes accommodation and daily meals – is $2,800 for 1 adult,