Virgin Atlantic is providing immediate free-of-charge COVID-19 insurance cover for all new and existing bookings.
It’ll be applicable until 31 March of next year and will include medical and repatriation costs.
The company says it is the most comprehensive COVID-19 cover provided by any major airline to date, covering expenses up to £500,000 should a customer or their travel companion(s) get coronavirus while on a trip, as well as expenses up to £3,000 if denied boarding or required to quarantine on their trip due to actual or suspected COVID-19. No excess payment is required.
The cover includes emergency medical costs, treatment, associated expenses such as transport and accommodation and repatriation home, if required.
Fulfilled by Allianz Assistance, the industry-leading policy is automatically applied to Virgin Atlantic bookings (and Virgin Atlantic Holidays bookings, where the flights are operated by Virgin Atlantic) and designed to be used in parallel to customers’ existing travel insurance.
Juha Jarvinen, Chief Commercial Officer at Virgin Atlantic said: “Our priority is always the health and safety of our people and customers and this industry-leading Virgin Atlantic COVID-19 Cover ensures customers can continue to fly safe and fly well with us.
“Following our return to the skies to much-loved destinations like Barbados, we’re planning more services in the autumn, as travel restrictions continue to ease, including London Heathrow to Montego Bay, Antigua, Lagos and Tel Aviv.
“Whether it’s to visit friends and relatives or take a well-deserved break, we believe this complimentary cover will provide some added reassurance for our customers as they start to plan trips further afield. It applies in parallel to existing travel insurance policies which may now exclude COVID-19, and provides comprehensive cover for coronavirus, recognising the needs of our customers as we restart services” he said.