Air Canada, struggling like airlines around the world as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hit finances hard, has announced that it will offer Canadian travellers COVID-19-based medical insurance at no extra cost.
The move, TVA Nouvelles reports, will apply to southern destinations like Mexico and the Caribbean, in a partnership struck between the Canadian carrier and Allianz Global Assistance, the German insurance firm. Brokerage firm TW Insurance Services is also involved in the new offering.
The extra coverage, which began Monday, will include quarantine accommodation expenses as well as emergency medical bills related to COVID-19 if a traveller contracts the virus while abroad. The program from Allianz, TVA Nouvelles reports, covers up to $100,000 per person travelling, per trip, and includes repatriation should a person die abroad.
“We’re pleased to be the first Canadian tour operator to ensure coverage is in place for emergency medical and quarantine expenses relating to COVID-19 … as a part of our vacation packages,” Nino Montagnese, managing director at Air Canada Vacations, said in a statement.
“We look forward to continuing to work with Allianz Global Assistance to turn our customers’ travel dreams into reality.”
The Canadian government is still, however, asking people to avoid non-essential foreign trips. Citing Canada Border Services Agency figures, TVA Nouvelles reports that land and air travellers crossing the Canadian border dropped some 95% from March to August, when compared with 2019.